I own this house for less than a year, and while running with only one
minor problem, the furnace must be 40 years old and is the size of an
oldsmobile! The one minor problem that exists is caused by the
mechanism which flips when the temp falls below the set tempature and
tells the furnace to open or close the zone that's caling for heat.
This has caused several 3AM trips to the basement where I have to rig
up a temp solution and I have yet to find a company that want to touch
this old thing.
Anyway, getting back to the subject of my post. I am now considering
putting in a new furnace. My house currently uses a oil fueled forced
air heat system and has a 350 gallon tank in the basement. In
addition, the house does currently use gas for the hot water heater and
I have been researching in an effor to determine advantages and
disadvanges between OIL an GAS but haven't found any good and recent
information. I have read some information saying that gas is cleaner
and that high efficiency systems can be vented using PVC out the side
of the house (as opposed to re-lining the chimney). But being that gas
is provided by a utility company there is no price competition and
there are issues with who is responsible for equiptment maintenance
On the other hand, I'm kind of getting the feeling that OIL is a
heating fuel of the past. Is this the case? Also, I live in New York.
I though I would add this because my understanding is that OIL heat
systems have a different history in the North East (not originally
Any feedback and advice would be appreciate.
Thanks in advance.