Hours: M – F: 7:00AM – 5PM  |  24/7 Emergency Service
Service: (603) 507-6447

Which Heating Fuel is Better?

Everyone is always asking us which fuel is better. Unfortunately, it is not an easy answer. The simplest fuel is electric heat. Heat up the wire and you have heat. The problem is the cost of operation.

The next is an air source Heat Pump. It does not need any fossil fuels, it does not need a chimney, is easy to install, and under the right installations, it can be efficient. The problem is it needs backup heat which is usually electric making this system very expensive to operate.

Oil furnaces and boilers are making strides into efficiency and comfort. With boilers up to 90% and furnaces up to 87% if oil is your only option, you have some choices.

Propane gas is another option if natural gas is not available. The equipment is up to 98% efficient, it offers a wide range of features and benefits and because of the technology, they are the most comfortable heating system available.

The best system is natural gas. It is the least expensive heat source, the equipment is up to 98% efficient, it offers a wide range of features and benefits and because of the technology, they are the most comfortable heating system.

A nice comprises for oil or propane users are a duel fuel system. It is a combination of fossil fuel for the extremely cold days and a heat pump for the moderately cold days.

The chart below shows the cost of the different fuels and the cost after the efficiency are applied.

Prices are NH average from the Office of Energy & Planning     Equivalent Price
12/8/2014         Equivalent Price Equivalent Price   Per 1,000,000 BTU
Delivered Fuel Costs:         Per 140,000 BTU Per 1,000,000 BTU AFUE Adjusted for efficiency
Natural Gas old system $1.52 per therm 100,000 BTU/therm $2.13 $15.20 60% $25.33
Natural Gas new system $1.52 per therm 100,000 BTU/therm $2.13 $15.20 95% $16.00
Propane old system $3.30 per gallon 92,000 BTU/gallon $5.02 $35.87 60% $59.78
Propane new system $3.30 per gallon 92,000 BTU/gallon $5.02 $35.87 95% $37.76
Oil Heat old system $3.11 per gallon 140,000 BTU/gallon $3.11 $22.21 60% $37.02
Oil Heat new system $3.11 per gallon 140,000 BTU/gallon $3.11 $22.21 80% $27.77
Oil Heat SYSTEM 2000 $3.11 per kWh 140,000 BTU/gallon $3.11 $22.21 90% $24.68
Electricity $0.20 per kWh 3,413 BTU/kWh $8.20 $58.60 1 $58.60
Electricity Heat Pump $0.20 per kWh 3,413 BTU/kWh $8.20 $58.60 3 $19.53

The post Which Heating Fuel is Better? appeared first on Joyce Cooling & Heating - Nashua, NH.


Testimonials & Reviews

We had central air conditioning installed last year by Joyce and were very satisfied with the job. Today, John N. serviced the unit and all of the components and he was incredibly thorough and professional. He explained exactly what was serviced and what to avoid (greenery around the outdoor unit). I highly recommend Joyce Cooling & Heating!

Cristina A.

Cristina A.

Jarod was my technician on March 20th. He was professional and courteous as he completed a servicing on my Heathing Unit. He explained what he was cleaning out and system runs great again.

Matt O.

Matt O.

Mitchell P. came to our house today for an issue with our AC. He was great explaining what the problem is and how they were going to take care of it going forward. He was very pleasant and nice to work with, just like everyone at Joyce Cooling and Heating that has been here.

Cindy A.

Cindy A.

Jim and team did a top notch job on our install. The team was professional, courteous and kept the work areas super clean. I was really impressed with the level of professionalism and the knowledge of the system that was installed. They answered all the questions we had! I also really appreciate how flexible they were with our 3 dogs, they did a great job ensuring materials /parts during install kept tidy to ensure the dogs didn't get into anything. Thanks for the great work!

Jill C.

Jill C.

The representative was friendly, professional, and transparent about the work being done. The issue was resolved. My expectations were satisfied.

Stephen T.

Stephen T.

Complete Residential & Light Commercial HVAC Services