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Converting Oil Furnaces To Gas

BoilerToday’s oil prices too high? Many homeowners are finding that they can convert their existing oil burner to natural gas for better energy efficiency and lower heating costs.

One of the main advantages of natural gas over fuel oil is that natural gas is piped directly into your home from a gas supplier. This means that you don’t have to worry about scheduling oil deliveries or getting your propane tank refilled if it runs out early.

Here are a few things to know when thinking about converting an oil burner to a natural gas burner:

  • Natural gas is a more economical and environmentally-friendly heating choice than oil. The most efficient gas-burning furnaces are more efficient than the most efficient oil-burning furnaces.
  • As an oil and propane customer, you often pre-pay for your fuel. With natural gas you typically pay in your next heating bill, after you’ve used the gas.
  • The older and less efficient your existing boiler is, the more it makes sense to consider replacing it.
  • There are Federal tax credits and utility rebates available to homeowners who purchase qualified residential energy-efficient heating, cooling and water-heating equipment.

To make an upgrade, an HVAC professional must evaluate the condition of the existing equipment in your house. To start, there is a gas supplier in your area, and hookups must be available. You may also need to run new piping. Existing gas meters and regulators must also be inspected to make sure that they are in good condition. It is very likely that you may need to repair or replace some, if not all, of the system in order to make the conversion.

For example, you may need to need to replace gas pipes or replace your chimney flue liner. Because it may use the same fuel type, your hot water heater may also need to be changed if you convert to natural gas from oil.

There may also be some drawbacks to consider. For example, if your home does not already have natural gas, you will need to connect to the municipal gas main. This typically involves burying a pipe from your house to the street.

Converting your existing furnace will probably be a significant home improvement project. At a minimum, the burner will need to be replaced although most older models can’t be upgraded. Replacements often make more sense anyway because the new equipment is often dramatically more efficient.

If you need to replace your older oil furnace, the energy cost savings from switching to natural gas and the efficiency of the newer unit will take the sting out of the cost. Financing options are often available to qualified buyers and there are significant utility rebates available.

The decision to switch to natural gas can involve a number of factors. We can help you compare the costs and benefits. For more information about your energy-saving options, call us at (845) 253-4053 today. We service Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Putnam and Rockland County, NY.