Although Long Energy installs and services gas systems, we suggest you stay with clean, efficient, modern Oilheat. Here are the simple facts why you should not convert to gas heat.

Oilheat is a better value than natural gas

Converting your Oilheat systems to natural gas can cost up to $6,500 or more once you include the new equipment, ductwork, tank removal, plumbing and electrical work. In most cases, a chimney liner is also needed, which can cost up to an additional $1,000. Plus, gas bills contain a variety of “hidden costs,” including delivery surcharges, seasonal adjustments and taxes. On the other hand, Money Magazine has reported that upgrading to today’s high-efficiency Oilheat systems could “save you more money than any other home improvement project” and concludes that “the cost of converting would probably be higher than the savings.”

Oilheat is more dependable than natural gas

Oilheat is delivered and stored on your property in a safe, secure and accessible storage tank, ensuring a constant supply to keep your family comfortable. Long Energy’s convenient automatic delivery service frees you from tracking your oil levels or calling for delivery. Local gas lines, on the contrary, can get shut down for many reasons: weather events, road construction, new buildings, water main breaks, or any work that might utilize a backhoe or otherwise cause a gas leak.

Most gas utility companies are foreign-owned and although some of our fuel is imported, much of it is domestically produced. We are still a local company with local employees.

Oilheat is better for the environment than natural gas

Modern Oilheat systems produce near-zero levels of emissions, and the recent introduction of Bioheat and ulta-low-sulfur Oilheat has lowered emissions even further. Combined with new equipment that “re-burns” combustion gases, new Oilheat systems produce air emissions at rates that are as low as those for gas-burning equipment. Moreover, natural gas is made up mostly of methane – which, according to the Energy Research Center, is 20 to 72 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in producing global warming.

Natural gas also produces deadly carbon monoxide without warning, while an oil boiler gives off warning signs such as smoke before producing this toxic gas. In fact, carbon monoxide detectors are now required in all New York homes – a result of “Amanda’s Law,” named after 16-year-old West Seneca, NY girl who lost her life because of carbon monoxide leaking from a defective gas boiler.

Don’t believe everything you read from National Grid. Stick with your friends at Long Energy – we can help you lower your costs, increase your peace of mind, and benefit from the warm, friendly, personalized service you only get from a family-owned, local Oilheat dealer. Plus, we are your full-service comfort company featuring air conditioning, plumbing and propane installation and service. For more information on the benefits of Oilheat, visit www.OilheatAmerica.com and www.EnergyAnswersToday.com. And if you have any questions or concerns, please call the Long Energy office nearest you.