There are multiple energy sources used to heat homes across the country including electric, propane, oil, and gas. When it comes to the northeast, approximately 82% of homes are heated by oil. More and more people in the New York area are exploring the idea of converting from oil to gas. While gas heating is cheaper than oil in month-to-month utility costs, there are costs in converting as well as other factors that can affect your decision. So, what should you consider when converting from oil to gas?
Do I Need a Permit for A Natural Gas Line?
Yes, you’ll need a permit for a natural gas line. You’ll want to check with your local government through their website on how to make that happen. This may fall under a plumbing permit as it affects piping in your home. Beyond your local government, you’ll need to meet state standards and compliance requirements as well. It’s important to have an experienced contractor working with you to help ensure everything is being handled correctly.
Are There Rebates Available to Offset the Cost?
There are rebates available to help offset the cost of converting from oil to natural gas. You can do your own research into available rebates online, but your contractor should be able to provide you with the necessary information. One of the places that may provide you with rebate opportunities is the National Grid. For those that qualify, they offer several rebates on different items that need to be purchased for oil to natural gas heating conversions.
How Can I Get a Gas Fire Pit Installed?
Something you can do to add to your home that’s been growing in popularity is a gas fire pit. You may want to purchase a gas fire pit or construct your own, but you will need to hire a contractor to extend out your gas pipes to the location of the fire pit. You’ll also need to make sure you have the necessary permits if applicable.
What Kind of Upkeep Does a Gas Fire Pit Require?
Gas fire pits do require some upkeep. Over time, you’ll get a buildup of residue around the fire pit. Fire pits can be cleaned and how you clean them is important. For example, with a masonry fire pit, you’ll want to use a solution that’s one part muriatic acid and nine parts water. After cleaning, give it at least 48 to 72 hours before using it again. You’ll want a simple fireplace tool kit as well. Fire pokers, tongs, and an ash scoop are simple, but vital tools in keeping your fire pit clean.
How Do I Properly Dispose of My Oil Tank?
Part of converting from oil to gas heating is changing the tank you use to heat your home. Oil tanks are bigger than gas tanks and not interchangeable. You can’t just drag your old oil tank to the curb though; it must be disposed of properly. Your contractor should handle the disposal of the unit and provide you with the proper documentation to go along with it.
Long Island Oil to Gas Conversion Specialists at Tragar
Providing 24/7 service to the Long Island area for more than 60 years, Tragar is the trusted name in oil to gas conversion. After we confirm with the national grid that your home is close enough to a natural gas line, we’ll send over one of our specialists to walk you through the process. Contact us today for a free estimate and take your first step towards the switch to natural gas today.