You probably know people who have switched from oil to natural gas for home heating. Maybe you’ve wondered if it’s a good idea for your Long Island home. Here are six good reasons why the switch may do you-and your wallet-a lot of good.
1. Say Goodbye to High Heating Bills
Natural gas is the clear choice for energy savings. For the past 16 years, the cost of oil heat has averaged 30% to 50% more than gas. A recent statistic from the US Energy Information Administration states that heating a house with oil has cost an average of $1,700, while natural gas averages less than $900.
2. Increase Your Fuel Efficiency
A new gas-burning furnace will have the highest efficiency ratings, providing high output while using less fuel. Checking your current ductwork to ensure there are no leaks and it’s properly sized will ensure there’s no energy wasted there for added fuel efficiency. The more efficient your heating system, the less fuel it will burn to maintain optimal comfort in your home.
3. Enjoy Worry-Free Maintenance
Gas burns cleaner than oil, eliminating concerns about dirt and soot buildup on filters and in your chimney. That’s why oil furnaces require more repairs and service visits than their low-maintenance natural gas counterparts.
4. Never Look at the Fuel Gauge Again
You don’t need to worry about an empty tank, calling for delivery or shoveling a path through the snow so drivers can get to your tank-in fact, you won’t even need a tank anymore. Natural gas is continuously piped directly to your system from the street.
5. Stop Worrying About Price Fluctuations
Natural gas is produced in the U.S., so the U.S. controls the price, reducing dependence on other countries for both the fuel and the cost.
6. Decrease Your Carbon Footprint
Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, so your gas furnace will produce lower carbon emissions and release fewer impurities into the atmosphere.
Oil-to-Gas Conversion Is Simpler Than It Sounds
The best place to start is with an energy audit to see how your home can benefit from the utmost in energy efficiency, home comfort and energy savings. When you’re ready to convert from oil to gas, the team at Green Homes Long Island will be with you every step of the way, from choosing the best furnace or boiler-including the appropriate size for your home-to removal and disposal of your old equipment, communicating with the utility company and safety testing.
With the efficiency and energy savings of your new heating system, it will pay for itself in just a few years. But if you have cost concerns, we have several financing options available. And National Grid offers gas furnace rebates of up to $1,000.