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Old 09-01-2017, 06:26 PM
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Oil vs propane home furnace

Soon Ill be replacing my oil burning home furnace,which also heats my hot water(upstate N.Y.,cold winters). Its 25yrs old & in need of replacement. Is there any advantage to switching over to a propane furnace,or just replace with another oil burner?
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I used to live in upstate New York and had an oil fired furnace that heated my house and hot water.
The problem was when it got around -20F. the oil would congeal and I had to put a heat tape on the line that ran from the outside tank into the house.

What I'd do is compare the yearly cost of oil to what it might cost to heat with propane.
How many BTUs in a gallon of oil X the number of gallons you typically use in a year.
Then find the BTUs in a cubic foot of propane and do the math to see how much propane you would need and calculate the cost.

Also, consider the cost of converting. If you have hot water heat it might be cheaper to keep the oil rather than converting to propane. If you have forced air, the conversion shouldn't cost as much.

Is natural gas available in your area? My parents house in upstate NY used natural gas but my house was out in the country and my house already had oil heat when I bought it.

Talk with a contractor and ask him what he uses.

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At -20 propane will start to give problems also, it will work but the pressure in the tank will drop.

With either one you still need deliveries, one advantage of utility natural gas.
Follow Lucky's advice and calculate usage cost, plus conversion cost.
Another factor, today's oil burners are much more efficient than your current one. Take that into consideration when doing comparison.
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Ive decided to stay with what i have. Purchasing tanks was one reason I decided not to switch. If I were to rent the tanks Im told I have to stay with whatever company I rent them from, so Im at the mercy of that company when I fill them.
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