HVAC Electric to Gas Conversion in Montgomery County, PA—The Facts 

Montgomery County, PA, is not the coldest area in PA; it does become quite chilly in the winter. Wind gusts can make temperatures seem much lower than they are. 

While many electric HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) units do a fine job of heating a home, not all units can perform the same. The correct sizing of an electrical HVAC unit must be exact. Too large and a home wastes electricity. It is too small, and it remains cold. Electrical HVAC units are clean and generally efficient.

However, not only must the unit be correctly sized, but the ductwork must be correctly placed. Hot air rises, and some residences make the mistake of placing the ductwork into the ceiling, leaving the air to heat the ceiling or rooms above the duct rather than the room where they are placed. 

Baseboard heating for electrical HVAC units can provide greater warmth but has the disadvantage of costing more in usage many times. With non-baseboard electrical HVAC units, there is oftentimes a need for baseboard ancillary or “emergency” heat, as these units can struggle in very cold weather. 

Another disadvantage, especially for homeowners using electrical HVAC units, is that the heat dissipates faster than other types of heat as it doesn’t linger in the air very long. Dissipation does depend upon transference and conduction, plus many other factors, but according to studies done by Forbes and other researchers, gas heat does perform better and lasts longer in the air. 

It should not be a hasty decision to switch to gas heat from electric HVAC as there are many variables involved. An HVAC Gurus evaluation should be done as a first step if a homeowner is considering this. While gas can save money, in the long run, the initial outlay of money needs to be evaluated, and the setup of the HVAC unit researched. 

Considerations When Switching from Electric HVAC to Gas 

  •    Availability of gas

Not all areas have available suppliers. In addition, some municipalities can restrict the use of gas as there is a potential for a gas leak. Zoning prohibitions or permits might need to be overcome or procured. 

The local utility company and municipality or township can be of service to homeowners in knowing the laws or restrictions on gas. Any safety requirements will need to be followed. 

  •    Assessment of ductwork

If the existing ductwork is set up in a way in which a switch to gas is easy, then the work needed is much less. An entire overhaul of an electrical ductwork setup can be costly, and Basement Gurus will be honest about the feasibility and costs of the switchover. 

  •    Conversion cost totals 

So many factors come into play, such as the age of the HVAC system, the age of the home, the location of the home, and even the costs of permits, if needed, must be factored into this equation. 

  •    Price of gas/electricity 

The switch is a long-term commitment, make no mistake. Is gas more costly in a homeowner’s location, or is electricity? Also, if a homeowner likes a cooler home, then electricity is simply easier to maintain as there is no “running out.” It’s a time factor for some property owners.

  •    Comfort level with gas

Some homeowners or their families simply are afraid of gas and its potential for leaks and even flammability. All family members should be comfortable with gas as a heating source in HVAC. 

Even some neighbors can be wary, and if a residence is located in an HOA (Home Owners Association) location, permission might be needed or gas outright prohibited. 

Again, HVAC Gurus can educate and provide a free evaluation to address all questions on switching from electrical heating to gas heating sources.

  •    Increased safety requirements 

Carbon monoxide detectors will be needed, as well as possibly more inspections and maintenance. A non-functional electrical HVAC unit is problematic but not as deadly as a gas leak that goes undetected many times. Carbon monoxide has no odor whatsoever, so always checking a gas unit is a must! 

  •    The age of the homeowner

Since electricity is easier to manage than gas, the age of a homeowner can matter as when one becomes older; it simply becomes more of a matter of convenience many times as opposed to cost savings 

Summary–HVAC Electric to Gas Conversion in Montgomery County, PA—The Facts 

Conversion from HVAC electric units to gas HVAC units really should only be done by a pro with licensing and insurance. HVAC Gurus stands ready to serve the residents of Montgomery County, PA, and provides a free evaluation as well as financing options

There is a form on the website as well as a phone and all inquiries are answered quickly!