Oil Vs. Natural Gas Furnaces: What You Should Know

You count on your friends at Woodruff Energy every winter to provide reliable oil delivery services in Cumberland County, NJ, but if you’re considering a switch in home heating fuel, we’re ready, able, and happy to help with that, too.

Is converting to Natural Gas the right choice for your family? Our experienced technicians can aid in that decision, visiting your home to provide a free conversion analysis and estimate the costs involved – not to mention answer your questions and offer advice.

We want you to make an informed decision. Before you make the call to convert, let’s take a look at some facts and figures regarding natural gas heat and oil heat.

What are the benefits of natural gas heat?

Natural gas grew in popularity as a home heating source in the 1920s, when American homeowners started to see it as an advantage over coal and oil, both of which had to be delivered to a home. In contrast, natural gas is supplied via underground mains and pipes.

What are the benefits of oil heat?

Oil equipment provides more heat per BTU than other heating sources and the heat feels warmer in the home. A well maintained oil furnace can last over 30 years. Fuel oil is also non explosive.

If I choose natural gas, what are my heating options?

Natural gas can be distributed through a building in a number of ways.

  •  Forced air, which takes in cold air, heats it with a gas burner, then circulates it through the building via ducts;
  • Water-based, in which a boiler heats water or creates steam and propels it through pipes to heat the air, usually through a radiator.
  • Space heaters used to heat smaller living spaces or single rooms that vent directly outdoors.

Can I convert my oil furnace to natural gas?

In some cases, you can install a gas conversion burner on your existing furnace, but it’s more efficient to replace your oil-burning furnace with a new model that burns natural gas – especially if your furnace is 10 years old or older.

If it sounds like switching to natural gas heat is the right option for you, Woodruff Energy is here to help you through the process. Call us for more information about natural gas heat or, in the meantime, contact us to schedule oil delivery in Gloucester County, NJ, or the surrounding region

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