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December 20th, 2012:

Converting From Oil Heat to Gas Heat

American Energy Coalition - December 20th, 2012

We're not sure if it is worth it to convert from oil heat to gas heat, says WHEC-TV in Rochester, N.Y. Although plumbers and utility companies in the Northeast report record numbers of conversions from oil heat to gas heat, it is not clear whether the conversions will pay off in the long run, reports WHEC-TV. It's possible that insulating the house and replacing a large, inefficient oil boiler with a smaller, Energy Star unit would be a safer investment. Let's look at the cons, the story suggests.

Plumbers in Boston report that the ballpark upfront investment in converting from oil heat to gas heat is $10,000, and that figure varies depending on whether or not you need to run a pipe out to the municipal gas line. How long will it take for that investment to pay for itself, WHEC asks?

These are four reasons why an oil heat to gas heat conversion might not pay off:

  1. The cost of gas might rise.
  2. Heating delivery problems can negate the value of your investment.
  3. Ineffective insulation could render your new gas furnace ineffective.
  4. It might be cheaper to buy a smaller, Energy Star certified oil burner than to convert from oil heat to gas heat.

Have you converted from oil heat to gas heat? Was it worth it? Please tell us, the WHEC-TV story asks.

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