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    Feb 13, 2014

    posted by: McCall's Supply, Inc.

    Heating and Cooling Products: 5 Most Common Misconceptions About Oil Furnaces

    Heating and Cooling Products: 5 Most Common Misconceptions About Oil Furnaces

    Common misconceptions many people have about oil furnaces.


    Heating and Cooling Products: 5 Most Common Misconceptions About Oil Furnaces

    Looking at heating and cooling products? Considering an oil furnace but don’t really know much about them? There is a lot of information out there about different types of heating and cooling products, but oil furnaces are often misunderstood, meaning that thousands of homeowners miss out every year.

    Here are some common misconceptions about oil furnaces you should know before buying your next heating and cooling product.

    1. Misconception: They’re cheap.

    On the contrary, oil furnaces are more expensive than other types of furnaces, typically between $2,000 and $5,000. But their advantages often outweigh the initial cost.

    2. Misconception: They don’t last.

    Oil furnaces actually last longer than most other heating products, generally between 15 and 20 years. That’s a long lifetime for a heating and cooling product. If longevity is what you’re looking for, an oil furnace might be a good choice.

    3. Misconception: They’re not efficient.

    Oil furnaces convert approximately 83% of their fuel into heat, which makes them relatively inexpensive to run as oil prices are generally lower than natural gas.

    4. Misconception: They’re dirty to run.

    Oil furnace exhaust is contained within the furnace, so this type of heating product is actually clean burning. They can also be run with a mix of oil and environmentally friendly bio-fuel, depending on the area where you live.

    The only negatives of oil furnaces are that the fuel must be delivered to your home and they require regular maintenance to keep them running effectively.

    When deciding on a heating and cooling product for your home, it’s important to understand what the different types of systems offer. Misconceptions about oil furnaces abound. For more information about oil furnace heating products, contact McCall’s today. And check out our specials this month!

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