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Old 01-03-2008, 09:32 PM
Location: New York, Westchester
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what do you prefer..............and which one do you think will be more expensive in 5 yearsHappy New Years
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:35 PM
Location: Lovelock, NV - Anchorage, AK
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Oil heat is less expensive than say propane but if you have natural gas that would be the preferred. Oil heat is dirty and requires quite a bit of maintenance, we are always replaceing the tips as they get plugged. Natural gas is much cleaner burning and should always be cheaper than oil as natural gas prices are based on the sweet crude price.
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:34 AM
Location: wrong planet
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I would also go with gas heat, most likely it will be cheaper. And it is cleaner!
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:21 AM
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I have had both and prefer gas. Cleaner, you can't run out.
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:42 PM
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I've had both too, I suppose I prefer gas. The oil tank in the basement is a nuisance, and we have to be careful not to run out of oil. When we had gas heat in our last house, it was hot-air gas heat, which I really didn't like, though. We had to regularly change the filters, but there was still a lot of dust generated in the air when the heat came on. It was hard on my allergies. I'm not sure what other options with gas heat you might have, but I hated forced hot air.

Oil is horrifically expensive right now, I suspect it will be more expensive than gas in five years.
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:14 PM
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
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Depends where you live. What is available. In alaska we are starting to experience come gas shortages as demand has out paced production of the Cook inlet fields. Gas is cleaner and requires less maintenance. But Fuel oil doesn't depend on the gas company having problems.

Annual maintenance of a oil fired heater is all that is normally required. one nozzle a year or two. New fuel filter and adjust probes. Brush out and back on line.
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:53 PM
Location: Sometimes Maryland, sometimes NoVA. Depends on the day of the week
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The price depends on where you are. I saw something on the news a couple weeks ago about how the price of natural gas varies a lot region to region. I don't remember the exact numbers, but it was something like how in New England, switching from oil to gas would save about $100 a year, but switching to gas AND paying Minnesota gas prices, it would save something like $500. Don't quote me on the numbers....

That said, I lean toward oil. I don't see the maintainence as that much, plus my oil furnace can burn BioHeat and I can run a diesel generator off my oil tank. Then again, I have 2 oil tanks. Filling up once in the summer lasts me all winter
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:51 PM
Location: Minnysoda
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I may depend where you live... There are many places in The US that do not get Natural Gas.. The North East has lots of oil heat. Watch for Bio-diesel to come into it's own as a heating fuel. Pet based heating oil will always be higher then NG but gas is climbing as well. The electrical power industry will continue take a huge bite out if natural gas production. The current trend in wind power development forces power producers to install large numbers of NG fired gas turbines to back up wind. This greatly increaseing that industries demand for the fuel.
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Old 01-06-2008, 05:21 PM
Location: Maryland
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Fuel Oil (a.k.a. #2 dyed-diesel) has 140,000, vs 65,000 for propane per gallon. Depending on heater efficiency, therein lies the difference. Cleaning either is really no big deal. Depending on your health, I added a pellet stove and haven't used my oil furnace since. It will pay for itself in about 3 years (in savings from previous oil bill). You are anticipating years ahead. Consider that crude oil in 2003 was $25.00, now is over $100. Pellets are made from leftover sawdust from furniture mills. There is an endless supply. Also, the trend is for people getting away from fossil fuels, so home values may increase. The downfall, the 40-lb bags seem to get heavier every year.
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Old 01-06-2008, 05:34 PM
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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Heating oil is not used here -

Our choices are: Electric, Natural Gas and Propane
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