Many homeowners living outside of municipalities rely on liquefied petroleum gas for heat. Commonly called LPG and propane, this fuel is delivered by trucks in locations where utility companies have not extended natural gas pipelines. At some point, the natural gas company in this area may extend the pipeline as the population grows. When it's time for furnace replacement, property owners now might consider making a switch.
Taking Time to Decide
A heating and cooling technician can convert a propane furnace to natural gas with a special kit. However, some homeowners prefer to wait on this decision until they must replace the appliance. They're satisfied with their current system and see no need to change yet. This also gives them time to talk with neighbors who have made the conversion and hear about their experiences.
You will probably want to check out pricing for an average year's worth of natural gas in this area compared with propane. Online research provides the information. You can modify the details according to your own annual costs, using your yearly LPG budget. The two prices are connected to a certain extent, but can also differ a great deal at various times during the year.
Managing Fluctuating Prices
LPG prices fluctuate more and can spike during exceptionally cold weather. However, customers of a propane delivery company already know how to manage this. With two types of contracts, they can lock in a price per gallon or be guaranteed a maximum amount per gallon over the heating season. This is not an option with natural gas.
Cost of Connection
Another essential consideration is the cost of hooking up to the pipeline. Some utility companies offer financial incentives as motivation. That can make the conversion substantially more affordable.
If the gas main does not reach the property, an extension will be needed. That increases the cost.
Reasons People Stick With LPG
Some homeowners decide against becoming a customer of the municipal utility. They like their control over pricing when contracting with an independent organization. They also may prefer supporting a local propane delivery service instead of a large utility company. Over many years, they can become casually friendly with the owners, office staff, and drivers.
Heating and cooling technicians install, repair, and maintain both LPG and natural gas heating systems. No matter which choice the property owners make, those workers are ready to remove the old furnace and replace it with a new one.