Converting From Oil Heat

Before you refill your oil for the upcoming season, it might be time to consider updating your heating system to a more cost-efficient method. Though common, oil systems are one of the most expensive ways to heat a home. Natural gas is cheaper, but there are some hidden costs to switching. When considering an oil-to-gas conversion, there are a few things to consider before you pick one. We’ll guide you through the initial cost and long-term savings of converting your heating system to find the best fit for your home.

If your home has an oil system that is less than five years old, it can be easily converted to natural gas. Instead of replacing the entire system, only the fuel source needs to be upgraded. This is a less costly way to convert from oil to gas, ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. If you are thinking about switching to natural gas and have a system in this age range, this is the most cost-efficient option.

The only downside to converting from oil to gas is if your home doesn’t have a gas hookup. Gas line installation involves running a pipe from your property to the main at the street. New gas line installation can cost around $1,000.

The Benefits of Oil-to-Gas Conversion

When you heat your home with natural gas, there’s a constant stream of fuel coming from an underground pipeline. This lowers operating costs and eliminates the need for fuel deliveries. When switching to natural gas, there are a variety of benefits, including:

  1. Inexpensive annual utility costs

    Oil is more expensive than natural gas, currently at $4.95 per gallon in Pennsylvania, and has been consistently rising in cost. When considering an oil-to-gas conversion, you can expect annual heating costs to decrease by 60% or more.

  2. Efficiency

    It’s more energy efficient and environmentally friendly compared to oil.

  3. No Deliveries

    It removes the need to monitor fuel levels and have it delivered as there is a constant source from the pipeline.

  4. Less Maintenance

    It requires less maintenance than oil heating and doesn’t leave behind residue.

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Upgrading From an Oil Furnace to a Gas Furnace

If your home already has an oil furnace, a gas furnace is the most straightforward conversion for better cost-efficiency. See how oil and gas furnaces compare to each other:

Oil Furnace:

  • Average Installation Cost: $10,500-$14,500
  • Annual Utility Cost: $5,900-$9,500
  • Average Lifespan: 12-15 Years

Gas Furnace:

  • Average Installation Cost $5,800-$12,500
  • Annual Utility Cost: $1,670-$2,660
  • Average Lifespan: 12-15 Years
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Upgrading From an Oil Boiler to a Gas Boiler

If your home has an oil boiler, a gas boiler is a convenient conversion for better cost-efficiency. See how oil and gas furnaces compare to each other:

Oil Boiler:

  • Average Installation Cost: $12,000-$16,500
  • Annual Utility Cost: $4,290-$5,650
  • Average Lifespan: 15-20 years

Gas Boiler:

  • Average Installation Cost: $10,800-$26,000
  • Annual Utility Cost: $1,670-$2,660
  • Average Lifespan: 15-20 Years
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Upgrading to an Air-Source Heat Pump (Mini-Split or Multi-Split System and Ducted Heat Pumps)

While a ductless mini-split or ducted heat pump option might require a higher initial investment compared to furnaces or boilers, their long-term benefits significantly outweigh the upfront cost.

  • Average Installation Cost: $11,000 to $26,000
  • Annual Utility Cost: $500-$800 (20-40% savings)

Average Lifespan: 10 to 15 years

Upgrading to a Geothermal Heat Pump

While natural gas systems are cheaper than oil, the most cost-efficient, environmentally friendly way to heat a home is using a geothermal heat pump system. Geothermal systems use pipes buried in the ground called “loops” to draw heat into the home. Since the pipes are buried underground, the system requires little to no maintenance. It also doesn’t require oil or gas and uses minimal electricity to provide stable, even heating throughout the home.

Geothermal System:

  • Average Installation Cost: $40,000-$70,000
  • Average Lifespan: 50+ years
  • No significant annual increase in electric bill
  • Can be used for both heating and cooling
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Natural Gas Heating Benefits With Unique Indoor Comfort

With Unique Indoor Comfort, you can unlock the true potential of natural gas heating for your home. Our experienced technicians will expertly install and maintain your natural gas heating system, ensuring unparalleled comfort, efficiency, and reliability. Contact us today at 610-825-4400 to schedule a consultation.

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