We’ve got a lot of beautiful, old houses here in Philadelphia. Maybe you’re lucky enough to own one of these unique, stately homes. It’s part of what gives our city its charm. But with an old house comes problems, and sometimes that means trouble with your heating system. If your furnace runs on heating oil, it may be in your best interest, and your wallet’s best interest, to convert to natural gas.
Joseph Giannone’s team of service experts can help you decide if making the switch is right for you. Here are a few of the benefits of converting to natural gas heat.
Yes, there is an upfront cost to installing a natural gas system, but due to the higher efficiency of burning natural gas and the rising cost of heating oil, you could see a return on your investment in just a few years. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that homes with oil-burning systems will see a 20 percent rise in their heating costs this winter. Compare that with a five percent increase for natural gas homes.
You can also find incentive programs and low-interest loans to help you make the switch. Philadelphia Gas Works offers a $500 bill credit to customers who switch to natural gas, along with other helpful tools like savings calculators. Homeowners may qualify for an additional credit of up to $1,500 for high-efficiency upgrades.
Since natural gas is delivered to your home through underground lines, you’ll never worry about running low or needing to order more. Weather events won’t disrupt the supply, either. Natural gas starts warming your home instantly, and the furnace doesn’t need cleaning like a heating oil system does.
Natural gas can be used throughout your home in gas stoves, clothes dryers, fireplaces, and hot water heaters. It heats instantly and burns without an odor. What’s not to like?
Of course, only use appliances approved for indoor use, and don’t use fossil fuels like propane and kerosene inside your home.
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