If you’re a Pittsburgh homeowner considering switching from electric to gas heating, your first question is probably, “How much does it cost to switch?”
The short answer: It depends!
The upfront cost of changing your system from electric to gas can be very high, but it depends on 2 main factors:
- Your home’s current infrastructure
- Energy-saving rebates
Below, we’ll go into more detail about these 2 cost factors and discuss the pros and cons of switching to gas.
Note: This blog will focus on furnaces because it is the most common type of heating system here in Pittsburgh.
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Cost factor #1: Adding gas piping
One of the reasons installing gas heating is more expensive than electric is because of the added infrastructure a gas system needs.
If your home doesn’t have existing gas lines, you will need to pay for natural gas to be piped to your home. A plumber will have to then connect the gas line between the meter and your home. They will likely charge for both the cost of the piping and the labor. This typically costs $3,000 to $5,000+.
Cost factor #2: Energy-saving rebates
If you’re considering switching from electric to gas, one thing to consider is energy-saving rebates.
In an effort to incentivize customers to buy energy efficient products, ENERGY STAR partners with sponsors to offer tax exemptions, credits or rebates on certified products. You can determine which rebates you qualify for by entering your zip code into the ENERGY STAR rebate finder.
These discounts can make a substantial impact on the cost to install a gas furnace, lowering your total installation cost.
Pros & cons of switching from electric to gas heating:
Like with any system, there are pros and cons to switching from electric to gas heating.
Faster heating: Unlike electric furnaces, which take time to power the heating element before they can start heating your air, gas furnaces produce the maximum heat as soon as burners turn on. This results in faster and more powerful home heating.
Cheaper monthly bills: Natural gas is cheaper to produce than electricity is, making it less expensive for consumers. Homeowners generally see less expensive monthly heating bills with gas heating systems as opposed to electric ones.
Potential for gas leaks: As mentioned above, gas furnaces produce gases, some of which are dangerous (including carbon monoxide). If you keep your furnace well maintained and have a carbon monoxide detector, this shouldn’t be an issue. However, if your furnace does break, poisonous gases could leak into the air.
More complex installation: As mentioned above, gas systems are more complex to install and usually have a more expensive installation cost. Additionally, depending on where you live, you may not have access to natural gas, making electric or oil your only fuel options.
Considering the switch? Call a Pittsburgh Tech for advice!
Every one of our technicians have 10,000 hours of training, making them extremely qualified and knowledgeable. Our experts will talk with you before any work begins to help find the heating solution that is perfect for your home and heating needs.