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Oil vs. Gas: Which One Will You Choose for Your Medford Home?


Important to Pick a Model That Will Best Fit You and Your Family’s Needs

Regardless if you’re a winter person or not, you can’t argue that you want to be warm inside your home when it’s snowing and 20 degrees outside. In order for you to have that comfortable home you so desire, you need a working, reliable heating system – a furnace you can count on.
Like everything else, furnaces won’t last forever. They will eventually stop working efficiently; you just don’t want that to happen in the middle of winter. So, now is the time to seriously consider replacing your old one. When deciding on a new model, you have be sure you choose the one that best fits you and your family’s needs. Oil or gas? Read on to find out.
What is an oil furnace?
Oil furnaces are a whole house system that heats your home in winter by burning oil for fuel. The primary components of an oil furnace include burners, a heat exchanger and a blower.
How does it work?
Oil is pumped from an attached storage tank into the furnace where it is turned into a mist by forcing it under pressure through a nozzle and then sprayed through a blast tube to be ignited. At this point, the oil has become very fine droplets that are mixed with the air inside the furnace, which allow it to burn efficiently. A typical electric flame heats this air via heat exchanger and the newly combusted gasses exit the unit through a chimney or flue. Air from your home is pulled through your ductwork, heated as it passes the heat exchanger and back out of the vents thereby warming your chilly house.
What is a gas furnace?
A gas furnace is the most popular method of heating in temperate climates. It uses gas as fuel to heat your home. The main components are virtually identical to an oil furnace, the biggest difference being the required fuel. In addition to top notch performance, gas furnaces also offer energy-efficient operation. In fact, some gas furnaces can operate at over 95% efficiency, which means that 95% of the fuel you pay for is actually converted into heat for your home. With gas, you’ll stay warm while you save on your utility bills.
How does it work?
A gas furnace kicks on when the air temperature in your home sinks below your programmed ideal setting on the thermostat. At this point, the internal igniter lights a burner inside the furnace’s combustion chamber. The heat generated in the combustion chamber is then pushed into the heat exchanger, where it is applied to the air. This newly heated air enters your ductwork to be distributed throughout your house. Finally, the combusted gas used to create the heat is vented through a flue.
Winter isn’t going to wait, so why should you? Call Raynor Services today for any and all furnace replacement needs!

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