There are many benefits to incorporating gas heat into your home’s comfort control system. Many people who use oil heat do so because they don’t have access to natural gas for home energy needs. The cost of burning oil to warm your home can be varied, leading to unpredictable energy billing during the winter months. Gas used for heating, on the other hand, is primarily produced in the United States. This limits the vulnerability in pricing, making a heating conversion sensible for those who are able to connect to local gas lines.
Converting from Oil Heat to Gas Heat
Equipment is one of the most important issues if you want to change to a gas-operated solution for your home. Many oil customers wonder whether they can streamline the process and cut equipment costs by retrofitting an existing oil furnace. While there may be models that are convertible, the reality is that modern building codes and energy efficiency regulations on HVAC equipment make it wise to install a new furnace.
Connecting to Gas Lines
A significant part of your costs in converting will be based on your need to work with the utility company to connect to the main gas line. You will need to discuss the costs and requirements with your local provider, scheduling an evaluation and the actual placement of the line.
Your HVAC expert will also need to install a line from your gas meter to the furnace location. You may want to explore options for additional routing of your gas lines for heating water and cooking as gas can be an affordable choice for these systems as well. Once the lines are in place, your actual furnace can be connected. The furnace can be placed prior to the lines being connected, but you will want to consider the scheduling so that your work isn’t performed during a time when heating is needed in your home.
Deciding on the Right Gas Furnace for Your Home
Stiles Heating & Cooling can work with you to find the best combination of efficiency and pricing as you look for the ideal equipment for your needs. We will calculate your heating load to ensure that a system is chosen with the capacity to heat your home properly. You will also want to consider a high-efficiency system to ensure that your operating costs are kept down.
There are some additional ways to cut costs with high-efficiency furnaces. If you have an eligible system installed before the end of the tax year, you may be able to claim the 25C federal energy tax credit on your return next spring. You can save 10 percent, capped at $150, on the purchase of an eligible unit. You should also keep in mind that high-efficiency units may limit the need for additional improvements in your home. Emissions from natural gas can damage masonry because of moisture content, an issue that can be limited with a more advanced furnace.
You can contact the Stiles Heating & Cooling experts in Athens, GA or in Anderson, SC to discuss your needs or schedule a consultation.