Unlike oil, which gets delivered by truck, natural gas gets piped right into your house by a utility company. So making the switch requires having a gas main under your street. Even in oil-dominated neighborhoods of the Northeast, most urban and suburban areas have gas lines. If yours doesn’t, you may be able to convince the local utility to install a gas main if enough neighbors band together to make the request.
How much will the equipment cost?
Gas-fired equipment costs less than oil-fired gear. For a basic furnace (for a forced air heating system) or boiler (for hot-water heat), you’ll pay around $1,500 to $4,000 for gas and $2,000 to as much as $10,000 for oil, If you select a high efficiency system, you’ll pay $3,500 to $8,500 for gas, compared with $4,500 to $12,000 for oil. A high-efficiency unit of either kind may be eligible for a tax credit, as well as local incentives.
There are two aspects to the connection process for gas: outside the house and inside.
The utility company will run an underground pipe from the gas main to your house, where it will install a meter. Extreme Plumbing & Heating will handle the second part of the job, piping the gas from the meter to your heating equipment.
Switching to gas may require you to line your chimney, because the moisture in gas exhaust can damage the masonry. A liner is not necessary with a high-efficiency gas system, which, combined with tax incentives, explains why nearly all of Extreme Plumbing & Heating's conversion customers choose high-efficiency equipment.
You’ll likely choose to remove or abandon your oil tank.
The bottom line: Is it worth the cost to convert oil to gas
So is it worth spending potentially a few grand in conversion costs to switch to gas? Well, at last year’s prices, your fuel-cost savings alone would pay you back in less than five years.
Still, there are reasons other than money to make the switch. Gas has lower carbon emissions than oil, so it’s better for the environment. Plus, once you have a gas line, you can get that commercial-style, six-burner stove you’ve always wanted and gas fueled clothing dryer which will reduce your electric bill as well.
At Extreme Plumbing & Heating our technicians are both qualified and specially trained to perform your conversion. Call us today for your free estimate