Ready to Convert Your Furnace?

If you are tired of paying high and unpredictable prices for oil during the winter heating months, you may be thinking about the possibility of converting your furnace. It’s necessary to have access to gas lines, and as utility companies expand the reach of their service areas, more homeowners are able to consider this affordable alternative during the icy months in Old Town Chicago. There are some initial costs to connect to gas services, but the result can lead to significant savings.

Why Convert an Oil Furnace?

Many homeowners use oil for heating because no other effective option was available at the times their homes were constructed. Oil provides outstanding results in terms of comfort, and it used to be a very affordable choice. In recent years, however, oil prices have risen dramatically. Foreign markets affect the pricing, and volatility in recent years has led to unpredictable costs for winter heating. Last year’s cost to heat a home with oil was nearly four times as much as the cost to heat with natural gas. A furnace conversion can save you a lot of money in just a few years’ time, potentially making up for the cost of connecting to gas lines and converting your furnace.

Additional interests in conversion relate to the use of space needed for an oil tank. If your tank is located outside, it may appear bulky and out of place. Inside, it may consume space that could otherwise be used for storage or other needs. Being able to eliminate the need for oil allows you the freedom to get rid of that eyesore.

How to Convert a Furnace

Because of safety concerns, it’s important to have an experienced heating contractor complete a furnace conversion. While some oil furnaces can be converted, it’s important that your technician inspect the equipment to ensure that this can be completed safely. Your technician is familiar with building codes and other issues related to installing gas equipment, providing you with important protection against unsafe issues with your furnace conversion.

Conversion vs. Replacement

Although conversion may be possible, conversion burners can be expensive. In most cases, a new furnace will burn gas more efficiently than a converted oil furnace, making it possible to save more money in operating costs by selecting an energy-efficient gas system. There can also be helpful savings opportunities available if you decide on a new furnace. Manufacturer and utility incentives may be available for more efficient home heating systems, so it is important to weigh all cost factors carefully.

Get Customized Solutions

Hollub Heating is pleased to assist our Old Town Chicago customers with all of their heating needs. We can evaluate your oil furnace to determine whether conversion is a viable solution. We can also help in finding a gas furnace that qualifies for the 25C credit. Contact our customer service representatives to schedule an appointment.

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