Oakland Gas Furnaces

by Jon Nunan

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Situated between the sunny southern California cities of Los Angeles and San Diego and the rain-heavy Pacific Northwest, the Bay Area is home to a generally pleasant mixture of sun and clouds as well as cold and warm weather. In fact, Oakland is sometimes applauded as having the most desirable weather in the country! Of course, having a balance between warm and cool weather means that homeowners who want to keep their houses as comfortable as possible will probably have to turn on the heater every so often. While there are several options when it comes to heating a home in Oakland, gas furnaces are a popular and efficient choice that are perfect for the Bay Area.

Benefits of Oakland Gas Furnaces
People like gas furnaces and forced-air heating systems for many reasons. When building a new home in Oakland, gas furnaces are some of the most efficient, least expensive, and most effective heating units you can find. Though you are certain to find electric heat, boiler and radiator systems, and maybe even a few geo-thermal or solar heating systems in the Bay Area, none of these carries the balance of convenience, price, and performance that you find with a gas furnace. Oakland homeowners know that cold nights are not as scattered as some might imagine, and having a dependable heating system that gets the job done quickly and without costing an arm and a leg is a huge benefit during the winter months, as well as on chilly nights for most of the year.

Installing or Replacing a Gas Furnace in Oakland
When constructing a home from scratch, you?ll have the option of installing whatever type of heating system you like. If price and performance are your two primary concerns, choosing a gas furnace will be easy. However, if you have a home that already has another kind of heating system in place, deciding whether to switch to a gas furnace can be far more difficult. If your home has a boiler and radiator system already in place, the process of switching over to a forced air system will be costly and time consuming; additionally, many folks prefer the moister quality of the heat given off by radiators to the dry heat produced by a furnace. Though boilers are often less efficient than furnaces, ?upgrading? to a forced air system is not likely to significantly improve your home. On the other hand, in homes heated by electric baseboards and wall units, installing a gas furnace system can improve heating function, lower monthly bills, and even make your property more marketable.

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Prices of Oakland Gas Furnaces
Installing a gas furnace in Oakland is a task that varies pretty dramatically in price from one job to the next. While we?ve seen Oakland gas furnace installations come in for $3,500 or less, it is not uncommon for more involved furnace projects to cost $5,000 or $6,000 (in nearby San Francisco, we?ve even seen forced air systems cost over $10,000). The difference in price certainly has something to do with the furnace you choose and the company you pick to install it, but there can be other factors, too. For instance, if you are replacing a gas furnace that has been neglected or left idle for many years, there?s a good chance that other heating system components like ductwork or vents will also need some work. If you are simply upgrading a heating system that has been well maintained with a more efficient furnace unit, the price is likely to depend far more on the type of furnace you buy than the labor it takes to install.

Jon Nunan is a freelance writer who draws on his experience in construction, ranging from landscaping to log home building, for his articles on home improvement.