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Keeping Your HVAC System Free and Clear

After our heater stopped working altogether last winter, we realized that it might be time to consult with a professional. We called a family friend who is also an HVAC contractor and he came out right away to see what he could do. After taking a look at things, he told us that our vents were almost completely blocked with dust and dirt. He recommended a vent cleaning company to come out and help, and they removed loads of debris the next day with specialized suction tools. After that, our HVAC system ran almost perfectly. This blog is all about the importance of keeping your HVAC system free, clear, and functional.

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Natural Gas Versus Heating Oil: Which Furnace Is Best For Your New Construction Home?

If you are fortunate enough to live in an area with access to both a natural gas pipeline and heating oil delivery, then you need to decide which furnace will work the best for your new construction home. Both types of furnaces have distinctive advantages and disadvantages that you need to take into consideration when making your purchase decision.

Here is some information on both types of furnaces to help you make the best decision to meet the needs of your family:

Natural Gas Furnace Advantages

Since a natural gas furnace is connected to your home's natural gas service, there is no need for a storage tank or to pay for fuel delivery costs for this type of furnace. Additionally, natural gas furnaces are some of the highest efficiency heaters on the market today, second only to fuel oil heaters.

Natural gas furnaces do not require regular servicing and burn very cleanly, which is better for the environment.

Natural Gas Furnace Disadvantages

The only real disadvantage of natural gas furnaces is that they have a higher initial cost than oil furnaces. However, this disadvantage can be overcome through savings each year because natural gas is less expensive in most areas than heating oil is.

Heating Oil Furnace Advantages

Heating oil furnaces have the distinction of producing the highest amount of heat per BTU of fuel burned. This high-efficiency means that you will burn less fuel to create more heat - which saves you money over the long haul. Additionally, oil furnaces are often cheaper than their natural gas counterparts.

Heating Oil Furnace Disadvantages

Heating oil furnaces come with three major disadvantages:

  1. they require frequent oil filter changes
  2. they require frequent cleaning to remove soot and dirt buildup
  3. fuel delivery and storage are required

When you have an oil furnace in your home, then you will also be required to have a service contract with the company that delivers your heating oil. When they deliver your oil they will check the filter for clogging and will clean any built-up soot and dirt from the exhaust chimney. Your service contact will be an added expense each month over and above the cost of the fuel itself.

Also, you will pay a delivery fee for your oil, and will need to maintain an on-site storage tank.


Now that you can clearly see the differences between natural gas and heating oil furnaces, you can make the right choice for your home. If you have additional questions about heating and cooling your home, then you should contact a licensed HVAC contractor company like Enright and Sons