What Home Furnace Options Are There?

Are you considering upgrading your home furnace system or switching over to a new type of heating system?

4 Furnace Options

Moving into fall and with winter just around the corner, you might be in the market to upgrade your home’s furnace or to switch over to a new type of heating system. What are your options? You have a few to consider, including…

Natural Gas

Natural gas systems are some of the most economical today. They were once only about 65 percent efficient, but newer models boast up to 98 percent efficiency. Natural gas is the most widely used heating option in the United States with half of the country utilizing it as their energy source.


Most commonly used in the northeastern part of the country, oil furnaces are slightly less efficient than their natural gas counterparts, at about 80 to 90 percent efficiency. The upfront cost of this heating system though, is lower.


This is the cheapest option when purchasing a new furnace system, sometimes as little as half of what a natural gas furnace heating system would cost. They are fairly easy when it comes to installation and they typically last 10 years or more. The downside comes in the cost of running the system and creating high monthly electric bills.


Propane is a byproduct of oil and gas and is easily stored in tanks and used in about 10 percent of homes in the United States. If gas and oil are not accessible, propane may be a good option.

Factors to Consider

Cost should not be the only consideration to take into account when purchasing your new furnace system, though it is certainly important. You’ll also want to be sure the furnace is the correct size for the space you’re looking to heat. Sizing is usually measured in BTUs. The best way to measure what size you need is to work with an HVAC professional to do the calculation.

You may also want to read reviews of systems from those who have had them installed at their properties and have had some time to gauge how they work in their homes. Ask your HVAC technician for his or her professional opinion, too. 

Finally, you’ll want to choose a system that will work well in the area in which you live. Be sure you have access to the fuel you will need to run the system and that all factors have been weighed.

We’re here to help you pick the perfect new furnace for your home. Call A&T Heating and Air Conditioning in Mohnton, Berks County, PA, at 484-516-1017 or visit us online at www.atheatac.com and we can get the process started.

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