Help: Which type of heat is best???

Old 08-29-06, 05:59 AM
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Help: Which type of heat is best???

I am getting confused as i talk to different professionals. I have a 2000 Sq. ft Split level entry home (1000 feet per floor). I currently heat with oil hot water heating, which also heats my domestic water. ($4100 per year total)
I have thought about a woodstove downstairs, a pellet stove, an insert into the up stairs fireplace and even a new boiler. The room the furnace is in is a 15x30 room which has a door that goes out to the hallway that goes up to the front door. I need to get some advice on which heating method would heat my home. We pay that 4100 per year and we are cold in the winter!


Old 08-29-06, 06:16 PM
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Depending on where you live, some may say this is a reasonable cost/year. You might want to take a look at your insulation, seal all air leaks, and take other steps to reduce wasted heat, including turning thermostat back a notch or two. Depending on age of boiler and water heater, replacement may be worthwhile, as newer units are more efficient.

What type of heating system is a matter of personal choice. Changing to a different type of system may not pay for itself if you plan on moving soon.

Here's a helpful link to the Dept. of Energy to help you assess your needs:

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