If you’re considering switching heating systems, your three options in New Jersey include gas, oil, or electric. Which you choose depends on fuel availability, heating preferences, and your budget. Spring is a good time to make the switch because HVAC contractors are entering a slow season and you may not need to heat your home while the system is being installed.
Currently, the price of gas makes a gas furnace an attractive option. It’s one of the least costly ways to heat homes on a Btu (British thermal unit) basis as long as you have natural gas or it’s available in your neighborhood. If you don’t have access to natural gas, you can use LPG (liquid propane gas), but its cost per therm is considerably higher than natural gas. You will also require a storage tank on your property.
Heating oil furnaces have their advantages. They create warmer heat than either gas or electric furnaces and will outlast both. It requires a fuel tank in your home or yard, and uses an oil filter that needs regular replacement. Oil costs more than natural gas, even after factoring in its higher heat output.
Electric resistance heating, like baseboard or electric heaters, is by far the most expensive long-term heating choice available. Switching heating systems to electric resistance heaters may look the least costly in the short term, but it won’t take long for your energy costs to soar.
The best option for heating with electricity in New Jersey is to use an Energy Star-rated heat pump. They create from three to five times more heat than electric resistance heating systems do for the same amount of energy. High efficiency pumps provide more heat at temperatures well below freezing and some are available as hybrid systems that use gas heating as a backup for exceptionally cold weather.
Making the final decision about switching heating systems isn’t always a cut-and-dried decision. For more in depth information and purchasing options, contact the pros at Aggressive Mechanical Systems, providing trusted HVAC services for Monmouth-area homeowners.
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