Fall will be here in just a few days and soon enough, another winter will be upon New York. Prudent homeowners will be taking a serious look at their heating systems and determining if any work needs to be done (or indeed, if a new heating system is required completely). Now is the perfect time to do so because it will be several weeks more before the weather starts to really cool off, providing a window to perform any operations that may be necessary.
Older homes in the area often rely on oil-fed boilers to keep warm during the winter. Such boilers are out of date and have been replaced by more efficient technology, notably boilers that rely on natural gas. Homeowners with older boilers, however, don’t have to replace the entire system. An oil-to-gas conversion can retrofit outdated heaters to make them more modern, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly.
Why Is an Oil-to-Gas Conversion Necessary?
Oil-fed heaters can be expensive to run because the cost of fuel is so high. They can also be quite inconvenient, since the fuel needs to be purchased by the homeowner in most cases and delivered by tank truck. Heating oil tends to cost more as well, and is subject to greater fluctuations in prices. Then there’s the environmental cost: oil doesn’t burn as cleanly as natural gas, which makes it less than ideal for homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint.
Natural gas, on the other hand, burns much cleaner and costs less. It can also be piped into the home directly by the city, making it easier to operate and ensuring that the fuel supply never runs out. Perhaps most importantly, it costs less than oil, which can save homeowners a great deal on their monthly budgets. And oil-to-gas conversions are a standard operation from qualified services, which means an existing oil-fed heater can be retrofitted at a fraction of the cost that a full-bore heater replacement would.
What Are the Necessary Steps?
Before an oil-to-gas conversion can take place, a technician will audit the home and determine its heating needs, as well as taking a close look at the heating system itself. Certain key components of the system (such as the meter) need to be able to support gas-fed systems, and the new system needs to be as efficient as possible. Once that job is completed, the conversion itself can take place.
Conversion works primarily as a cost-cutting measure. Once the initial cost is complete, you should be able to save a great deal of money on monthly costs. And there are rebates in effect to help reduce the cost of oil-to-gas conversions even further. Con Edison provides considerable discounts for qualified homes, and the installation technician can spell out any other offers that may be available. With the conversion in place, the heating system should perform inexpensively and effectively all winter long.
Homes in Bronx, NY interested in oil-to-gas conversions should contact the pros at Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators today!