I'm a homeowner on Long Island, NY. My heating system is about 45 years
old now, so I guess it's finally time to replace it.
I've met with a couple of contractors already and I must say I'm still
not at all sure whether I want to go gas or oil.
Currently I have an oil system. I'm in a 2500 sq foot house with 2
zones and there are 4 people in the house. It's baseboard hot water
heat. I have a 275 gallon oil tank that's about 7 years old and it's
inside the house. I haven't had any problems with oil over the 6 years
I've been here and the oil company has serviced my account and system
Since I'm replacing the whole system, I figure I might as well look at
converting to gas. We have gas cooking and the gas meter is about 12
feet away from where the new boiler would be placed. The gas contractor
installed my central A/C, so I'm pretty sure he'd service the gas boiler
properly as well.
I guess the first consideration would the price of the fuel. The gas
people say natural gas is cheaper and the oil people say oil is cheaper.
I'm locked in at $1.65 for the winter. I think I timed it right before
it skyrocketed in October. I think a 1 year cap price now is about
$2.10. The gas company told me gas is at $1.72/therm. How do I compare
the numbers to see which is cheaper? What's the equation to figure that
out? Is there any indication of which would be cheaper over time or are
there just too many variables and it's impossible to know which will be
cheaper 5 years from now?
The oil company suggested a Weil-McLain WTGO-4. They didn't think that
I'd need a separate hot water heater. I'm easily getting enough heat
now without out and with a new unit, I guess I'd get hot water a little
faster, but my needs might go up as the children get older.
The gas company has conversion special for a Burnham Q205. The gas
contractor says that's what I'd need.
How would these boilers fit my needs based on the size of the house and
number of people?
With a 50 gallon hot water heater and removal of my oil tank, going to
gas is about $650 more than going with oil (without the hot water
heater). I think a hot water heater from the oil company was another
$1200 or so. I only have to buy oil from the oil company for 1 year at
the standard cap price. There's no long term commitment at a "posted"
I think that pretty much covers everything. What are the pros and cons
that I should be weighing to make this decision?
Thanks in advance for all replies.