If you have a traditional forced-air heating system in your Toronto home, it’s wise to make natural gas your fuel of choice. However, you may currently have an oil- or electric-powered system in your home. Here’s a look at the reasons why it’s worth converting your oil/electric heating system to natural gas.
- Energy savings: Though fuel prices fluctuate, it often costs about twice as much to heat a home with electricity than with natural gas. This is because natural gas costs about 50 percent less than electricity per British thermal unit (Btu) of heat produced.
- Greater efficiency: A prominent reason why natural gas is so much more affordable than electricity is because natural gas power plants deliver about 90 percent of what they produce through gas lines to your home. Conversely, only 30 percent of the energy spent creating electricity makes it to your home. That means, even though electric-powered furnaces can achieve nearly 100 percent efficiency, it’s still less expensive to run a gas-fired heating system with 85 percent annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE).
- Cleaner fuel: Electricity is produced by burning coal and other fossil fuels, which produces harmful emissions and keeps us dependent on foreign fuel. On the other hand, natural gas emits 50 percent fewer emissions than electric heating systems. Plus, natural gas is produced right here in Canada and other parts of North America.
- Greater comfort: It’s common for natural gas heating systems to deliver warmer air than electric heating systems, especially if that system is a heat pump.
The decision to convert your oil/electric heating system to natural gas should be clear, especially if you plan to stay in your current home for many years to come. The energy savings help you recuperate your investment, and a warmer output temperature keeps your home comfortable all winter long.
For more information about converting your heating system to natural gas, please contact AirFlex Heating & Cooling Ltd. Our experience serving Toronto and the surrounding area dates back nearly 20 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Toronto area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about Converting Your Oil/Electric Heating System To Natural Gas and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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