When you bought your home, your heating system seemed solid. But now that you’ve lived there for a few years, you’ve noticed some problems.
Heating and cooling bills that are higher than normal. Rooms that seem too warm or not warm enough. You’re considering switching to a new kind of system (gas instead of oil, a boiler rather than a furnace), but the idea seems daunting.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. As with any major purchase, things become less scary when you have more information.
If you’re thinking about switching from oil heat to gas, you’ll first need to find the answers to these three questions:
1. What kind of fuel is available where I live?
In one respect, switching from oil to gas is relatively easy. Natural gas is a much more common form of home heating compared to oil, used by nearly half the homes in the county (compared to the eight percent using oil).
Most neighborhoods have existing gas infrastructure to pipe it into your home. Contact your local utility company to ask about a gas line near your home.
2. What will it cost?
Assuming there is a gas line nearby, the gas company will need to dig a trench to your home, run an underground pipe and install a meter.
Most homeowners spend between $250 to close to $800 to run a new gas line. And a new gas furnace can cost between $2,150 and $5,900, depending on the brand, the complexity of the installation and the efficiency of the new unit. However, a higher-efficiency furnace will save you money on energy costs in the long run and may even make you edible for tax credits.
3. What will happen to my oil system?
The cost of removing your old oil tank will depend on its location. Disposing of an above-ground tank will cost about $700, while removing an underground tank costs, on average, $2,500.
Switching from a furnace to a boiler
But what if, instead of switching from oil to gas, you’re thinking about swapping out your furnace for your boiler?
Let’s look at the pros and cons of each system.
What are the pros and cons of using a furnace?
There are several benefits to using a furnace:
- More common than boilers, they are subsequently less expensive. A new boiler can cost double the price of a new furnace.
- Putting in a new furnace takes a few hours, while boiler installation might take days.
- If your furnace leaks, it leaks air. If a boiler leaks, your home can sustain water damage.
But there are some downsides to using a furnace:
- Furnaces aren’t as efficient as boilers, which means your energy bill can be higher.
- Furnaces can provide less consistent heating than boilers, meaning some rooms might be warmer than others.
- A furnace can make the air in your home dry during the winter.
The advantages and drawbacks of using a boiler?
Just like a furnace, a boiler has its own pluses and minuses:
- Boilers use less fuel than furnaces, which can mean reduced energy costs.
- Boilers offer more consistent heating and make less noise.
- Boilers won’t dry out the air in your home or spread allergens.
- Boilers are tougher to install than furnaces and also difficult to convert from a forced air system. And unlike the forced air heating and cooling system associated with your furnace, you can’t use a boiler to cool your home.
- Boilers take time to respond to adjustments to your thermostat, meaning it will also take time for your home to feel warmer.
- As we said earlier, leaky boilers can cause water damage.
Are you ready to switch from a boiler to a furnace? Are you thinking about changing from oil to gas? Turn to the home heating and cooling experts at All Seasons Comfort Control.
Our experts are equipped to install and service gas furnaces from American Standard, the leading furnace on the market, although we’re just as skilled at working with oil furnaces (and boilers) as well. Contact us today to learn how we can make your home more comfortable.