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Old 07-19-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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Mom has a 50+ year old home with a fuel oil fired boiler to heat her house ( baseboard) and provide hot water. She wants to get rid of the boiler. Will not consider Gas.(anyway the nearest gas line is a quarter mile away) For hot water we will just put in a electric water heater. The problem is heating the house. She had Central Air put in 20 ? years ago. Is it possible to add Heat to that? If so, what would be involved?


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Old 07-19-2011, 11:24 PM   #2
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Yes. What is the manufacturer & model of the air handler/furnace? Since this is a system that is over 20 years old, it is out of date, and costs her quite a bit, compared to newer models. Also, have you made sure that her home is properly insulated up in the attic, and all if most air leaks sealed at outlets/switch plates, windows & doors? As for the boiler, there are units that use outside temp sensors, that help to adjust the water temp, to make them a little more efficient.

As for cost to run the heating, she may be better off going with a heat pump, instead of straight forced air/central a/c for heating and cooling. The long term costs, along with rebates for 16 SEER plus systems would help for the initial costs. You can use to give you an estimate of what it would cost to purchase a new system. There is also a program available that you can do a manual J, to help determine the best system for her home.


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The only thing I can think of is install a new Central air system with heat pump with electric backup or new central air with electric heat .

Or just install the electric water heater and use the boiler for heat only that's about it.
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