Not your Grandparents Heating System

A little bit of information about oil to gas conversions.

     One of the hot topics in heating right now is oil to gas conversions. Home owners are realizing that there are other options out there besides the older, space consuming models they grew up with. With natural gas prices the lowest in a decade, converting your heating system to natural gas is now more easy and affordable than ever.

     The benefits of converting to natural gas are numerous. Currently, natural gas equipment has high heating efficiency ratings; some of over 95%. This means homeowners will notice a substantial difference (as much as 30%) in their monthly heating costs once they convert to gas. Homeowners will also notice less noise from their new heating system and no more oil or soot smell. The delivery of natural gas is regulated by the state and not subject to price spikes. Homeowners also do not have to worry about natural gas running out, or missing their delivery.

     Starting the conversion process is easy. The first step is to call a local conversion specialist (usually they can be found through your local plumber or heating contractor) to come to your home and determine what system will work best for you. If you do not have gas already running to your home, your local conversion specialist can help you get the paperwork ready to have a line brought to your home. If you have gas already running to your home, your local conversion specialist will then quote you out a price for the job.

     Doing the conversion is an investment that will pay you back many times over. Your local utility company may offer rebates on your new equipment and depending on your energy provider, you may qualify for zero percent financing on your new system. Once all the financial matters are settled and the contract is signed, the actual conversion from oil to gas takes a couple of days. Once the work is done, your home will now be less costly and more energy efficient. If you have any more questions about oil to gas conversions please feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

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Concerned Citizen December 15, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Good article. Last year which was warm in my 6 room home we spent 2800 on oil and the year before 3700. I am hearing from friends atht have gas they spend 100.00 a month! What is a typical conversion if a homeowner has gas for cooking and a gas clothes dryer?
128 Plumbing, Heating & Cooling December 17, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Usually it depends on the type and age of the system you already have. Some heating systems have to be replaced completely, while others can have parts changed to convert your system to natural gas.The only way to know for sure is to call a local conversion specialist and set up an estimate. Having a gas line already to your home cuts down a little on the cost, and the time necessary to complete the job. Hope this helps.
Melanie Head December 22, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Thinking of a heating system as an investment is a new concept for most homeowners. The high efficiency systems really can pay for themselves and can increase the value of your home, as well. It's such a shame that Wakefield residents aren't eligible for the $25,000 heat loan at 0% financing through Mass Save. It would take the up front costs for conversion from oil to high efficiency natural gas or geothermal even more palatable.


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