I am in the process of purchasing a new home.
The current owners use the wood burning stove as their primary heating source and supplement with electric space heaters. They have not used the fuel oil tank or monitors in 5 years. So it was no surprise the home inspection turned up that the fuel oil tank needs to be replaced. It also showed that the monitors are not ventilated to code. I was considering changing the system eventually but may use this finding to have the old system removed and at least part of the expense of a new system as part of the negotiation process.
I don't plan on using the wood stove as my primary heating source. My mother has moved in with me and she is not comfortable with the fire going while she is home alone. I was considering a ductless heating and cooling system but don't know what other options I may want to consider before making a decision.
Sorry I forgot to mention I am in very northern NY, near the Canadian border on the St. Lawrence River.
We have long winters with several days below freezing.
The monitor system does not use duct work. So, I am not sure what options I have. My current home uses fuel oil. I plan on finding out if propane would be a better option that way if they do extend the natural gas out our way (it has been talked about for the last 3 years) I could make the switch.This message has been edited. Last edited by: smlynn,
What is popular will vary by what region of the country you live in. Wherever that is, it's a no-cost process to get some estimates on different types of replacement systems.
With all the new systems being sold now being very efficient, there is a fairly short payback time in comparison to the cost of running an older unit. Makes the process a matter of cash-flow as it will pay for itself in very few years.
Your location would definitely help. In my part of NC if I didn't have gas I'd consider a air to air heat pump. In colder climates I wouldn't recommend one. I had one in PA years ago and I used a wood stove for heat especially in really cold weather. Heat pumps have improved since that house but in sub-zero weather they still depend on back-up electrical resistance heat. So if you're in an area where it stays sub-zero for days or weeks on end a traditional heat pump isn't a great option. Ground based heat pumps can be a good, but expensive option in colder climates where you don't have gas available. Oil and propane remain popular where you don't have gas available.
You may notice a recurring theme here, if available, especially with the abundance of natural gas these days, gas is the preferred option in most areas.
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