Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > HVAC

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-29-2009, 12:47 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southeastern PA
Posts: 11
Share |
Question

Switching from old Oil Heating system, advice needed


A house I am looking at has an old oil heating system with baseboard radiating heat that is in bad condition. No a/c currently (window units only). The house is a rancher and has easy access to each of the rooms via the attic for cieling vents. Im wondering what the best cost effective options are for heating the place, and is there a combo HVAC unit that would fit the bill without costing an arm and a leg? This will be my primary residence for over 5 years, likely much longer (10+ ?). The main floor is about 1300 square feet. It also has an unfinished basement which I'd like to (partially) finish down the road. Let me know if there are any other factors I need to consider that I havent mentioned.

What should I expect to pay for the HVAC unit and equipment?
What are your recommendations?
Any advice is appreciated.

captainobvious is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2009, 01:01 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 291
Default

Switching from old Oil Heating system, advice needed


Quote:
Originally Posted by captainobvious View Post
What should I expect to pay for the HVAC unit and equipment?
What are your recommendations?
Any advice is appreciated.
It's impossible to provide an accurate cost estimate based on one paragraph.

This sounds like an extensive HVAC retrofit project and you really need a competent contractor to design a system for you. This includes sizing the system, designing matching ductwork/airflow and possibly even uping the insulation of this home. If you'll be abandoning oil heat then there's also decommisioning costs.

Get mutliple quotes and choose the best contractor you can find. The competence of the contractor and his team are everything in a project like this.

Do you have natural gas comming to the house. If so, a heat pump with natural gas backup might be a good choice.

hennyh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2009, 01:18 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southeastern PA
Posts: 11
Default

Switching from old Oil Heating system, advice needed


Quote:
Originally Posted by hennyh View Post
It's impossible to provide an accurate cost estimate based on one paragraph.

This sounds like an extensive HVAC retrofit project and you really need a competent contractor to design a system for you. This includes sizing the system, designing matching ductwork/airflow and possibly even uping the insulation of this home. If you'll be abandoning oil heat then there's also decommisioning costs.

Get mutliple quotes and choose the best contractor you can find. The competence of the contractor and his team are everything in a project like this.

Do you have natural gas comming to the house. If so, a heat pump with natural gas backup might be a good choice.
Thanks for the response. No natural gas, just oil as far as I am aware. Im not against keeping oil heat, but it does need a complete overhaul by the looks of it. Admittedly, I know NOTHING when it comes to HVAC. The baseboard units are in shambles, and the furnace is very old according to the owner.
Sounds like I'll need to take your advice and have an HVAC contractor give me the full story.
captainobvious is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
advice on shower system djrussell Plumbing 3 07-13-2009 10:39 AM
Wanna help design a hydronic radiant heating system? YerDugliness Green Home Improvement 4 05-03-2009 10:10 AM
Solder for hot water heating system junkcollector Plumbing 2 09-12-2008 06:09 PM
Hot Water Heating System in older house GrannyAnnie HVAC 2 08-31-2008 04:50 AM
Is 1/2 Pex more restrictive than 1/2 copper? twilightcall Plumbing 19 06-24-2008 07:32 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.