Tired of having to pay a truckload of money to fill up your oil tank? Thinking about switching to natural gas but confused by the seemingly conflicting information out there?
This article is for you.
We’ll walk you through the pros and cons of each of these heating fuels and talk about which we think is best for New Jersey homes.
Looking at the cost of a gallon of oil vs. the cost of an equivalent amount of gas, gas is definitely cheaper. You can use this calculator from Elizabethtown Gas to see how much you could save by switching to natural gas.
Of course, you also need to factor in the cost of converting your home from oil heating to natural gas.
You’ll need a certified contractor to run gas in your home and the gas company to hook your home up. Plus, you’ll need to purchase a new heating system for your home. With these updates, it may take some time for the oil to gas conversion to pay for itself.
If you look at an oil company’s website, they’ll tell you that oil is better for the environment. Likewise, gas companies will claim natural gas is better. The truth is, both options have some positive and negatives when it comes to their effect on the environment.
For example, natural gas:
But it also:
Whereas heating oil:
But it also:
Oil is not explosive like natural gas. If you put a match to heating oil, the match would go out. (Heating oil must be burned at temperatures above 140 degrees.)
But If you lit a match when there was a natural gas leak, the gas would explode.
Likewise, if there’s a combustion problem with a natural gas furnace or water heater, deadly carbon monoxide could get into your home without you knowing it. If an oil burner malfunctioned, there are warning signs like strong odors and smoke.
However, neither are really “safe.”
Both fuels burn to produce heat and should be treated with care. In either case, you should make sure your system has regular maintenance and your home has a working carbon monoxide detector.
It really depends on personal circumstance.
If you’re tired of the hassle of getting heating oil delivered to your home, natural gas can be a good change since it’s much more convenient.
On the other hand, if you don’t have natural gas in your home and you want to convert to gas to save money, there will be some upfront costs to consider outside of the cost of the equipment. For instance, gas piping, removal of existing oil tank depending on its location, and any costs associated with your local gas company.
And if you’re looking to do what’s best for the environment, it could go either way. But natural gas is considered more environmentally friendly because it burns much cleaner.
Considering converting your oil heating system to a gas furnace? We can give you an estimate on the cost of a new gas furnace and get you the information you need to make an informed decision. Contact us for more information.