Propane vs. Heating Oil: Pros and Cons

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by Devine Bros

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With the temperatures beginning to drop across Fairfield County, homeowners are starting to think about how they will keep warm this winter. Two of the most popular options for home heating are oil and propane; each offering their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.

Heating Oil

Just like gasoline for your car, home heating oil is manufactured from crude oil, though it undergoes a different refinement process. Heating oil is an especially popular option for homeowners in New England, a region that accounts for more than 80% of the country’s total consumption.


  • Burns hotter than propane, meaning less is needed to heat your home.

  • Does not require a connection to a natural gas line.

  • Non-explosive.


  • Produces more emissions than natural gas.

  • Oil furnaces require frequent cleaning.

  • Volatile market leads to unpredictable pricing.


Unlike heating oil, which is a liquid, propane is a gas.


  • More efficient than heating oil, meaning your furnace can convert a higher percentage of the fuel into heat.

  • Certified by the Clean Air Act as a clean source of alternative fuel.

  • Can be used for a variety of functions, such as space heating, water heating, cooking, clothes dryers, and more.


  • Requires large tanks, which may be an unattractive addition to your yard.

  • Because it is gaseous, it is more prone to leaking than oil.

How are you keeping warm this winter? Whether your heating system uses oil or propane, Devine Bros. can provide it at an affordable price. If you live in Fairfield County, Connecticut, give us a call at (203) 866-4421 to learn about our heating oil and propane delivery services.

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