home-heating-options-Long_IslandIf you plan to move to a new home on Long Island or just want to reconsider to switch from one heating option to another you would like to know which ways of heating are the most cost-effective. Here are three ways to heat your home which have proven to be the most efficient and cost-effective.

  1. Heating oil. One of the oldest but also the safest ways to heat your home. Modern refining technology brings eco-friendly fuel oil with almost zero sulfur. Fuel oil prices are somewhat higher than that of natural or propane gas but has a greater heating power per unit than any gas. Equipment is less expensive and longer lasting. Oil furnaces and burners can last twice as much as gas-run ones, if properly maintained. Oil in the tank is not explosive and if the tank is underground there is virtually no risk of fire from it, nor from fires that may break out in other parts of home. Leakages of oil from any part of the heating systems are not dangerous, yet very easy to spot.

Disadvantages: Fuel needs to be delivered by truck. Sometimes it’s also hard to estimate oil usage, but modern automatic delivery services spare households worries over  fuel oil levels in the tank. It is just needed to properly estimate heating oil usage which may depend on many factors.

  1. Propane. Similar to natural gas, but unlike it, propane is delivered to home in tanks, so you will need a propane tank in your yard. Although very clean- even cleaner than natural gas, the fact that you have a large tank of gas under pressure would hardly let you feel calm and comfortable. Modern valves and other installations make propane tanks much safer than before, but still don’t totally remove risk from an explosion. Modern furnaces and boilers also allow for high precision in consumption monitoring, while amount of gas in the tank can be measured with a barometer.

Disadvantages: Highly explosive. Needs to be delivered by truck. Expensive initial costs, because of the tank. Due to that, many households recently decided to switch from propane to other heating fuels.

  1. Natural gas. Natural gas is the cheapest heating fuel option per gallon available on Long Island. This fuel is delivered through pipelines and you don’t need to think about its availability. Natural gas is highly clean and most furnaces, boilers and kitchen ranges running on it can have electronic controls to allow highly precious calculations. You can always know how much gas you spent and what’s the cost of it so far. Today natural gas is the most popular heating fuel.

Disadvantages of natural gas include risk of poisoning or fires from gas leaks, high bills due to leaking pipes and valves underground, and abrupt changes in gas prices. Gas pipes may also not reach all places and everyone’s home, especially in less densely populated areas.