The first thing you will want to do, is to find out if your natural gas supplier has a gas line on the street, or in close proximity to your neighborhood.
After that, you will need to contact them to see if a gas conversion is applicable to your location. Natural gas suppliers throughout the United States have been very active providing the availability of natural gas in neighborhoods that may have not had it available in the past. In our Walton Service Area of Bucks & Montgomery County, PA, PECO Energy is our supplier of natural gas for the marketplace. Many local neighborhoods have been seeking out the opportunity to convert from oil to natural gas as a measure to reduce utility costs in the household. When you run through the calculation on PECO’s website, you can see why: https://www.peco.com/Savings/ToolsandCalculators/Pages/default.aspx For those that can convert, there is substantial savings to be had, based on what PECO’s calculator shows. There are some specific checklist items to consider when exploring an oil to gas conversion. Firstly, you will want to make sure that the HVAC Installation Company that you select to work with has, not only the knowledge and experience of gas conversions, BUT also the ability to remove the oil and sludge from your tank, along with the tank itself, and dispose of properly. This is a key factor to consider with this type of project, since many contractors in the surrounding areas don’t have the ability to offer this service in-house. The second key consideration is how many appliances you are looking to update to natural gas. It is imperative to have a multi-tap gas manifold installed at the time of the conversion, so that you can prepare for such things as a gas range, clothes dryer, fireplace, etc.. A good portion of this setup work can be done during the initial installation, which can save you money in the long run, compared to doing this type of work after the fact. The third most important thing to focus on, is the equipment selection. Whether it be a hot water boiler system, or forced hot air, there are a great amount of options available for every budget, AND efficiency to consider. These options will also impact the way the new heating system will need to be vented, so be prepared to have an open mind to this part of the installation.
All in all, the best way to get started on this journey, is to consult with the Trusted Home Comfort Consultants at Clyde S. Walton, Inc.. The Team at Walton will provide you with the best solution for your home, and help you plan for the process.