heating options for Victoria homes

What Home Heating Option is Best For Me?

Is your home furnace making noise and keeping you up all night? Are you tired of paying exorbitant heating bills every winter? Are your furnace repair and maintenance bills consistently through the roof? Then maybe it’s time to consider getting a new furnace.

In Victoria, your three main heating options are gas, oil and electric. Whichever one you choose, rest assured that new furnaces have gone through generational leaps and bounds, and those available today will be far more efficient than anything in your basement that’s more than ten years old. But which of these options would best suit your needs?

Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of the three most common types of furnaces available today:
  • Electric: Electric heaters and furnaces in Victoria are very efficient. In fact, they are the most efficient furnaces money can buy! They are also very safe and clean-burning (therefore requiring little maintenance), and have a relatively low upfront cost. And if reducing your carbon footprint is high on your list of priorities, know that 92% of BC Hydro power generation is hydroelectric, which means very low greenhouse gas emissions. Electric heat is also advantageous if you live in a remote location where gas and oil may not be readily available. The big drawback of electric heaters and furnaces in Victoria however is running cost. Per unit of energy, electricity tends to be more expensive than either gas or oil.
  • Oil: Furnaces that run on heating oil in Victoria are also an interesting option. Oil furnaces are moderately priced, and though they tend to be less efficient than gas or electric heating in Victoria, they are still much more efficient than they were even ten years ago. Another advantage is fuel availability—heating oil can be delivered anywhere in Victoria. The downside of heating oil in Victoria includes the need for an onsite storage tank, higher maintenance due to dirt and soot build-up and unpredictable oil prices.
  • Gas: Gas is the most common heating option in Victoria. Gas-fired furnaces are quieter and more efficient than oil, and on any given year will cost less per BTU. Gas prices also tend to be much steadier than oil. Another advantage of gas heating in Victoria is that gas burns much cleaner than heating oil, which translates into lower maintenance costs and a lower carbon footprint. The downside to gas heating in Victoria includes higher initial cost and availability—your home must be located in an area where gas is available.

With advantages and disadvantages to each of these, it’s clear that there is no single heating solution that will be perfect. That’s why it’s best to consult with heating professionals to help you determine what would at least be best for your specific situation. Have questions regarding your furnace and other heating options in Victoria? Contact us today. At Victoria Coal & Heating, we’ve been serving the Lower Island’s heating needs since 1922!
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