Oil to Gas Conversion Guide
If you are making some changes to your house, you may be considering 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, it made sense before natural gas was so readily available. In the 1940s, more than 50 percent of homes used home heating oil in the Northeast.
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 wonder, “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 consider an oil to gas conversion is that natural gas costs 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 saving for your family.
Another reason you might 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. The truck might not get to you for a few days if it is the peak season. This is especially true if the weather is terrible. 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 natural gas appliances. Federal, state, or local rebates for natural gas conversions often exist. 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 install it simultaneously in the entire neighborhood. If you live in a rural area, this is less likely, and you might have to pay to install a gas line.
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 can 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!
Still, Deciding on Whether to Do an Oil to Gas Conversion?
If you are considering switching from oil t gas, contact All A’s Plumbing & Heating in Randolph, New Jersey. We would love to talk to you about converting from oil to gas. We can also speak to you about what your cost-versus-savings figures might look like.
Give us a call today or contact us online! Doing an oil to gas conversion can be well worth the initial investment.