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Frequently Asked Questions
One of the things we are known best for at First Choice Heating and Cooling is helping people with oil to gas conversions. We have discovered that people contemplating a conversion frequently have the same questions, so we have compiled an oil to gas conversion FAQ.
Are there rebates available for oil to gas conversions?
Yes, there are rebates available for oil to gas conversions. Those rebates may depend on your natural gas provider and the availability of gas lines in your area. Fortunately, at First Choice Heating and Cooling, our HVAC professionals are familiar with available rebates and can help you find all of the rebates that apply to your conversion.
Do I have to pay to have a gas line extended to my home?
The answer to this question depends on your location. Some natural gas providers install lines for an entire neighborhood at one time, which can sometimes completely eliminate the customer’s responsibility for any of those costs.
What are internal and external conversion costs?
Generally internal conversion costs are the costs related to any work done on your property, which would include gas piping, your heating equipment, and chimney-liner costs. External conversion costs refer to the cost for your natural gas company to install gas lines up to your property line.
How much will I save with an oil-to-gas conversion?
Your individual savings depend on your individual usage. Obviously, people with older furnaces who use more heat will have higher projected savings than people with newer, more efficient models who use less heat. One way to estimate future savings is to go to the savings calculator section of your natural gas provider. In addition, an HVAC professional from First Choice Heating and Cooling can help you estimate your future savings.
Can I get an energy efficiency rebate if I am getting a rebate for an oil-to-gas conversion?
Generally energy efficiency rebates are separate from oil-to-gas conversion rebates, so you should be eligible for both types of rebates.
Are there any non-financial benefits to an oil-to-gas conversion?
Yes. Natural gas furnaces are cleaner than oil-burning furnaces and heaters. Not only do they eliminate the potential for ground pollution that exists with an oil tank, but they also create less pollution and are not as messy to operate, making it easier for you to keep the inside of your home clean.