If you are making some changes to your house, you may be thinking of upgrading some of its features. One way people in the Northeast work on upgrading is to convert their home heating oil units to natural gas. We don’t blame you. In the Northeast, oil for house heating used to be the norm. A long time ago, before natural gas was so readily available, it made sense. In the 1940s in the Northeast, more than 50 percent of homes used home heating oil. Now, the number of homes that use home heating oil is far lower. Some researchers estimate that less than 10 percent of homes use home heating oil.
If you are wondering, “Is it worth converting oil to gas,” the answer is yes. Here is some information for you on oil-to-gas conversions.
Why Should I Convert Oil to Gas?
The most important reason you should convert oil to gas is because of the cost. The cost of natural gas is about half the cost of home heating oil. Also, while home heating oil prices can fluctuate wildly, natural gas prices do not. Over time, that is a huge savings for your family.
Another reason you might want to consider converting from oil to gas is convenience. If you have home heating oil and are low in supply, you must wait for a refill. If it is the peak season, the truck might not get to you for a couple of days. This is especially true if the weather is bad. Natural gas comes directly to your house through a utility company’s gas lines — no truck necessary.
Converting from home heating oil to gas also increases the resale value of your home by 4 percent. Many homebuyers don’t like home heating oil systems and prefer natural gas systems. They consider them to be cleaner and more modern.
Oil-to-gas conversions will cost you money upfront. However, you may be eligible for rebates on new appliances that use natural gas. There are often federal, state, or local rebates for natural gas conversions. These rebates may save you money before you even finish your conversion.
What Happens in an Oil-to-Gas Conversion?
The first step you need to make to do an oil-to-gas conversion is to contact a natural gas provider. The company will need to determine whether you have a gas line available for your home that you aren’t using. If you don’t, the company will have to install one. Depending on where you live, the company may choose to install it in the entire neighborhood at the same time. If you live in a rural area, this is less likely, and you might have to pay to get a gas line installed.
Are you lucky enough to have a gas line going to your house? If so, a plumber can come out to do oil-to-gas conversion installation and service. The plumber will be able to connect your new natural gas appliances to the gas line. You will also get a new natural gas heater for your house. There are many options for gas appliances that your technician can go over with you. He or she will want to make sure you get the best deal. Then, you will be all set!
If you are thinking about moving from oil to gas, contact All A’s Plumbing, in Randolph, New Jersey. We would love to talk to you about the particulars of converting from oil to gas. We can also talk to you about what your cost-versus-savings figures might look like. Give us a call today!