Are you located near a new natural gas line? Has your oil-guzzling furnace or boiler finally started to show its age? If so, it’s time you considered switching fuel types. Natural gas is less expensive and likely to remain that way. It’s also “greener” and not prone to supply chain issues. That means it’s the sensible choice for people in the Chicago area. For more information on fuel conversion in your neighborhood, read on.
Around half of the country already uses natural gas to heat their home while less than 10% use oil. Electricity (34%) and propane (6%) make up the majority of what’s left. Though more expensive, these are the only options available locally. You’ll find the highest number of oil-burning furnaces in the Northeast. This prevalence stems from two factors: proximity to the coast and age. First, oil barges typically land on the East coast and there’s infrastructure in place to distribute it from there. Second, as many of these homes are older, they were constructed back when oil was the cheapest thing on the market.
Unlike oil, which gets brought to you by truck, natural gas is piped into your home. That means making the switch requires you to be in an area with natural gas lines. Even in areas that are oil-dominated—where oil fuel systems account for around a third of all heating systems—you’re likely to have access to natural gas lines. If one’s not available in your area, consider petitioning your local utility company.
Though the costs of converting can be high, there are numerous benefits to switching from oil to natural gas. These benefits not only pad your wallet and stop you from running out of heat, but also help America towards fuel independence. For a quick list of benefits, see below:
Since no two homes are alike, there’s no cost book for oil-to-gas conversion. When you call for a quote on conversion in Chicago, our HVAC experts will evaluate your home to determine if making the switch is right for you. The typical homeowner can expect to pay between $5000 and $10,000 to convert their heating system, but we have financing and rebate options available to reduce that cost.
Whether you end up on the lower or the upper end of that range depends on whether you need:
While the initial costs can be inconvenient, most homeowners in the Chicago area see savings just five or so years after their new HVAC equipment is installed.
When you’re ready to swap oil for gas, TDH Mechanical here for you. Founded in 1988, we’ve helped ease the pain of oil-to-gas conversion for hundreds of homeowners in the Oak Park and Chicago area. We offer upfront quotes and multiple options to ensure you get a new gas furnace that fits your heating and budgetary needs. In homes with newer oil systems, we may be able to do a simpler, more cost-effective conversion. Contact us through this website or call us for a free estimate.