Many homeowners wonder whether or not it’s more beneficial for the environment, their finances and their personal preferences to heat their home with natural gas rather than heating oil. While it’s commonly known that heating oil is the more expensive solution to heating your home, there are additional benefits to natural gas conversion for your home aside from its more cost-effective nature.
Natural Gas is Cost-Effective
The cost of heating your home with heating oil is typically more expensive than heating your home with natural gas. While the initial cost of switching to a gas furnace is more expensive, the overall savings is worth the upfront cost of the switch. Natural gas is more accessible, and far less expensive than heating oil, which continues to become more expensive as time goes on.
Natural Gas is Versatile
With natural gas at your disposal, you can do far more than simply heat your home. Natural gas is used for a number of household items such as heating your swimming pool, it can be used to heat your water and it can be used in the kitchen as well as to dry your clothes and light your gas fireplace. It’s not a one job material; your home could use the upgrade to gas to help you save across the board. When your gas supply can be used in a variety of manners, it helps to save on a number of costs and make living that much simpler.
Natural Gas is Convenient
The convenience of natural gas is undeniable. It comes from an underground pipeline that means you’ll never run out of gas. Unlike heating oil, which has to be monitored to ensure that your supply does not run low, you are not responsible for checking gas levels at any point. You’ll have more time in your day to take care of the things that really matter, such as taking care of your children and your home. An oil furnace requires delivery of oil and care to ensure that levels are high enough to keep your home heated in the meantime.
Another great aspect of natural gas is that your supply is not easily disrupted. You needn’t worry that the next storm that comes through or power outage that occurs is going to disrupt your supply of natural gas. Additionally, there is nothing to clean with natural gas as a heating method. Finally, natural gas does not take any time at all to warm up. You’re home and water supply heat instantly and without the odor of heating oil.
Natural Gas is Safe
Considering the vast majority of homeowners choose natural gas over oil heating solutions every day, the safety of natural gas is evident. Natural gas furnaces do not require cleaning. There are no ashes to worry about, unlike oil furnaces that do require careful cleaning.
Natural Gas is Reliable
There’s nothing more comforting than knowing your home is always going to be comfortably and properly heated. Natural gas is brought into your home through an underground pipeline that does not require any effort on your part. When the power is out you will still have heat and use of a number of your gas appliances and items, which means food can be cooked and hot showers are available. Additionally, you don’t have to remember to call the oil company and arrange for a delivery, check levels, or go out of your way to ensure your home has what it needs to stay warm. It’s all taken care of on your behalf.
Natural Gas Requires Less Maintenance
Oil furnaces must be cleaned and maintained regularly to ensure that your home remains safe and your furnace in working order. Your natural gas supply does not make a mess, leave ashes or require frequent maintenance to clean up. There’s far less maintenance required when you choose to heat your home with natural gas.
Natural is Environmentally Friendly
Natural gas is just that; natural. This means that production of natural gas is more economically friendly than heating your home with oil. There is no burn and no chemicals are released into the environment. Heating your home with natural gas ensures that you remain as green as possible.
Natural Gas is Abundant
There is no need to worry that your supply will run low or your prices will increase with natural gas. The domestic supply of natural gases is abundant, and easy to access. Your supply is in good hands, and will not leave you in a situation in which your supply is lowered and your payments rise.
Natural Gas Expands Your Home’s Abilities
As discussed earlier, outfitting your home for natural gas means you have more capabilities in your home. Should you decide to have a pool installed, you’re not capable of heating it naturally with gas. You can upgrade your old and tired kitchen with new appliances that use gas with ease. You can remodel your home with an addition of a natural gas fireplace because your home is now prepared to take on that kind of remodel.
Natural Gas Increases Your Home’s Value
There is nothing more beneficial to a home than the addition of something that will only increase the value of your home. Resale is always a consideration when you make any changes to your home, and adding a natural gas heating system to your home is no exception to this rule. Natural gas heating not only adds value to your home, it will increase the number of potential buyers who want to take a look at your home. It’s an expense buyers don’t have to worry about adding at a later date, and its convenience and reliability are an attraction to future buyers.
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