Boilers that use stored oil for fuel have been around since the earliest days of hydronic heating. However, oil boilers have started to fall out of use over the past few decades with the increasing availability of natural gas and the increasing efficiency of electric boilers. Today, many people opt to have an oil-to-gas conversion done for their home to free themselves from the limitations of an oil boiler and provide their whole home with the convenience of natural gas.
We’ll look at why people are choosing to change from oil to gas boilers and if this option is something you should investigate. Call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for more detailed information about oil-to-gas conversions and your boiler in Westwood, NJ.
Why are people switching to natural gas?
Oil boilers are effective at providing you heat—more so than many electric boilers. However, oil does not burn as cleanly as natural gas, which makes it both less energy-efficient and more damaging to the environment. Burning oil creates polluting emissions, which are not only bad for the earth, but also lead to soot and grime inside your home.
Natural gas not only costs less to use (saving families in test studies approximately $1,800 a year), it is more convenient. Gas comes to your home from a municipal supply, while oil need to be delivered to your home in shipments. You can run out of oil, but you can’t run out of natural gas. Some homeowners also like that natural gas is a domestic product, reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
How difficult is the conversion?
The switch to natural gas first requires that your home is in an area that has access to a municipal gas line. Check with a heating service to find out if a conversion is even possible for your home. If there is a gas main nearby, your local utility company will need to dig a trench to your home, and after that the task can take a few days for heating professionals to perform the necessary work to pipe the gas to your new boiler. Although an extensive process, it will pay you back in numerous ways.
Are there any other options?
Yes: electrical-powered heaters. Ask a heating technician about the most efficient and effective electrical heating systems for your home.