Converting Your Building to Electric Heating

Apr 24, 2023DMA Engineering, Steven Forrester - Principal

Are you a building owner looking to save money on your energy bills? Are you tired of paying high costs for natural gas heating? Consider converting your building to electric heating! But before you make the switch, there are a few things you need to consider.

Firstly, you need to determine if electric heating will actually reduce your building’s operating expenditure. It’s also important to consider the capital cost and overall return on investment for the conversion. Keep in mind that your building was likely designed around a natural gas heating, cooling, and ventilation system, so converting to electric heating may require some modifications.

While natural gas may be cheaper than electric heating on a straight heating cost comparison, it doesn’t make financial sense in the long run. However, using a heat pump can help make electric heating on parity or better than the cost of natural gas. Heat pumps work by transferring heat from the outside air or ground into your building.

To determine if electric heating is right for your building, you should start by conducting an ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit. Our team of qualified professionals will perform a thorough analysis of your building’s energy use and performance, including a detailed review of energy bills, equipment performance, and building systems. We’ll also use various diagnostic tools to measure and evaluate energy use, including an energy model, thermography, blower door testing, and infrared scanning.

The final report of our ASHRAE Level II energy audit will include a detailed analysis of your building’s energy use and performance, along with a list of recommended energy-saving measures that can be implemented to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs. Our energy audit will help you determine the best way to convert your building to electric heating, inform you on the capital outlay and future operating expenditure, and provide estimates of potential energy savings and return on investment for each recommended measure.

At DMA Engineering, we always perform an ASHRAE Level II energy audit when converting a building from natural gas to electric heating. It’s our proven process and in Denver, it’s required as part of the Energize Denver program. Contact us today to schedule your energy audit and start saving money on your energy bills with electric heating!