The Natural Gas Conversion
Never before has natural gas been so abundant thanks to the fracking industry. We all do our best to save money where we can. Now that natural gas is in most neighborhoods or is on the way, we can now take advantage of some money saving programs. If your like most people, they just don’t know where to start. There are many things to consider in order to get the natural gas conversion, and here are the top 5 we will discuss.
- How do I get gas to the house?
- What contractor do I choose?
- How much will it cost me?
- Is it really worth the money?
- How safe is gas to use in my home?
How do I get gas to the house? This is probably the most common question we get and the best answer is to ask your Natural Gas provider. Ours is UGI and they handle everything in the process. Most of these can be done from their website. It used to be that the homeowner had to shell out a huge sum of money upfront in order to get gas. Now it is much simpler by doing a monthly payment plan. Choosing a contractor can sometimes be difficult if you don’t have anyone in mind. We have been in the industry for 15 years now and can handle all of your heating and cooling needs. A technician or sales person can come out and give you a free quote with at least 3 options of equipment. Switching to gas doesn’t take as much time as you would think. Our team can do a new install in 2 days or less, this includes going over everything and taking the old equipment. We test all connections for leaks, test everything and educate you on the new system and features. GET YOUR FREE NATURAL GAS CONVERSION QUOTE
The Cost Difference
Now a days, costs are on everyone’s mind. This is the biggest factor on our decision making process, but do not worry as our utility companies have made it easier. Most utility companies make it easy with a monthly payment plan versus paying in full up front. According to some customers that use UGI, it is only $60 a month plus your regular gas bill. These plans make it easier to say yes and harder to say no. We too were undecided about switching, until it became clear more people prefer gas to a heat pump heating system. According to a recent study by real estate agents, houses with gas furnaces and appliances sell faster than those without. Therefor making it easier to sell to new buyers.
One of the most important factors in our decision making process has to do with money or the savings there of. And if you ever had a heat pump, this decision is even easy than most. Heat pumps can use a lot of electricity depending on the age of the unit and some other factors. Gas on the other hand is very efficient in this aspect because it doesn’t require much electric to operate. This factor of efficiency is a huge decision advantage. Most gas furnaces out there are only single stage and single speed blower. Now you can get them in a variety of features, the best being a 2 stage and variable speed blower. The difference in the 2 stage is that in normal mode it fires on single stage which uses less gas to operate. Then it ramps up with the 2nd stage and continues to heat the house faster. Now if you have a variable speed blower, this is great for reducing power consumption and for dehumidification in the summertime.
Ensuring everyone’s safety in your home is a big responsibility, and it starts with your gas furnace and other appliances. The main safety concern when you have gas, is leaks or leaving a valve on when it shouldn’t be. During the installation Lakes always check for leaks as all professionals should do. But if you ever experience the smell of gas, don’t take any chances, just turn off the gas and call us! There is another killer to worry about though, and that is carbon monoxide. This odorless and tasteless gas is what kills many americans each year, but you can avoid it. Placing of indoor carbon monoxide detectors in your home on every floor will give you an audible warning. When you hear this warning , open all your doors and windows and shut off the gas. Get your family to safety and call us for a free inspection.