Some homes and businesses in Cincinnati still use electric or oil heating. Switching to natural gas heat may help lower energy bills, though it’s not a good move for everyone. Below are some benefits of natural gas heating, and when you should consider the switch.
According to the Department of Energy Information Administration, homes with oil and electric heat were expected to spend anywhere from $300 to $800 more on heating expenses than homes with natural gas heat.
If you don’t already have natural gas connected to your home, you will need to determine if there is a nearby gas main which you can hook up to. Installing gas piping to connect your home to a gas main can cost thousands – while expensive upfront, you’ll also gain the ability to switch other appliances to natural gas, which can generate further energy savings.
Purchasing a new furnace is an expensive undertaking, as well as installing gas lines to your home. If it’s time to replace your furnace and you have existing gas lines, switching to a natural gas furnace will help you save. If your furnace is not yet in need of replacement, waiting until closer to the end of its service life may be a better decision for you.
If you do not have existing natural gas lines and do not wish to take on the expense of having them installed, switching to a heat pump may be more cost-effective for you. If your existing electric or oil furnace is in good shape, you may choose to use a heat pump as your primary heating system, and have your existing systems serve as a source of backup heat, if necessary.
The NATE-certified heating technicians at Nelson Comfort can help you determine if switching to a natural gas heating system is right for your Cincinnati home or business. Contact us today to learn more about the heating system options available to you.