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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-03-2009, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Oil vs. Natural gas, which is better?

I did some research and found nothing conclusive. Mostly just a bunch of mudslinging between the different fuel company's. I currenty have a new oil heating system, and I hate it. It smells like diesel in my basement, its noisey, and its fucking petrol! Costly and supports the middle east, id rather use naty gas and help support some americans and save me a few bucks when the oil prices jack back up.

Doing some more research I found you can/could at one time convert an oil burning furnace over to natural gas. But I was told the conversion are horribly inefficient, and no longer available.

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Re: Oil vs. Natural gas, which is better?

natural gas is pretty nice. local, and price is coming down.

as for efficiency. my furnace (heat only, not water heater) is rated at 93.5 AFUE. it's a forced air heat pump system.

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Re: Oil vs. Natural gas, which is better?

i guess i should be thankful, then, for my natural gas. i didn't even know they had oil burning furnaces. i am a bit of a tree hugger, so it would kill me to use that. here, the options are natural gas or electric. most of the standard, suburban, cookie cutter, middle america, white picket fence having track housing uses electric because it's cheaper to install. of course, they're more expensive to run. but whatever, right? at that point, they already sold the house.

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i would say natural gas is the way to go over any current option out there... other than solar or geothermal, of course.

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We have natural gas too. Best thing about it is being able to use the stove even when the lights go out during a thunder/snow storm.

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Ya my stove and drier are gas and my bill runs about 20 a month, and my drier never stops running, can't seem to beat the price. My hot water runs off my furnace/boiler but when I run out of oil it switches to electric. Another plus of gas, its a constant supply vs having to fill up every few months, and then you pay a small but steady monthly bill vs a lager bill every 2 months or so. Last year it was bad though, firt time I filled my tank cost me 800$ and lasted me 2 months. Last time I filled it it was only 400. Damn price fluctuated so much, made it hard to figure out my finances.

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The natural gas hot water heaters for base board/radiant heat are pretty efficient. Not sure about a conversion, you'd probably want to get a new system installed. They are also fairly efficient. Not nearly as efficient as electric though. Electric you have to generate the electricty, transmit it and then use it to operate a heat pump, which sucks (all less efficient then using the same natural gas to heat the water)...BUT heat pumps, especially if it isn't really hot or really cold are more then 100% efficient. In some cases they are 200-250% efficient. IE for every 1 watt of power used they transfer more then 2 watts of heat. So in the end, total cycle most of the time they are actually more efficient then direct heating of the air/water with natural gas.

Now environmentally/global warming wise, it depends on if your utility gets the power from coal or not, if it doesn't get it from coal, better for the environment, if it does get it from coal, a heat pump is worse overall.

Now geothermal, that's the bees knees. Or better yet solar hot water heating. That can be used for radiant heat as well with an electric backup.
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I like my geothermal heating here in Boise.

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