My husband and I are thrilled to be buying our first house. It is an older home on a quiet side street from a rural village. It’s been maintained by an older couple, although it hasn’t really been modernized. Still, you just can’t compare new homes, which to me seem a bit sterile, with the houses of yesteryear – at least when it comes to personality and charm. Our realtor discussed with us the age of the existing oil furnace, which is more than twenty years old. We are fully aware that it won’t be too long before we’ll need to replace it, however having said that, we will need to look at our options, since our street has gas lines and we could switch to a gas furnace. It seems that all the people the people we talk to about this has a different opinion. My brother insists that we stay with an oil furnace because, if they’re properly maintained they can last up to thirty years. The existing oil furnace in the house is proof of that. He pointed out that the new gas furnaces have high efficiency ratings, ranging between 69 and 90 percent. Also, an oil furnace itself costs less than a new gas furnace. I started researching on the internet and found that, with gas gas furnaces, the real savings are in the fuel costs. I found it interesting that the price of oil can be affected by global events, since most of it is imported; Whereas natural gas production is centered in the US and Canada. Anyway, that decision doesn’t need to be made yet. Hopefully, our greatest decision for now is how to arrange the furniture once we move in.