I'm a first-time home buyer here in Connecticut. I just
saw a great house at the right price, but I'm worried
about its combination heating setup.
The house is small, a little over 1,300 square feet.
Originally it was just 1 story with an unfinished attic,
but the investment company that is selling it converted
the upstairs into 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.
However, they were too cheap to extend the house's main
heat source, an oil furnace, to the upstairs. Instead
they put in electric baseboards in the upstairs bedrooms
and bathroom. Each of the 3 rooms upstairs has a separate
thermostat, and there is 1 thermostat for the oil heat
Heating with oil is expensive these days, but then in New
England heating with electricity is even more expensive.
My worry is that the combination of paying for both
electric heat and oil heat each month will be more than I
The house should be well-insulated, since it has all brand
new windows, but I probably can't be sure until I live
through a winter in it. My questions are:
Since the baseboards heat around 1/3 of the house, will
the cost of heat-related electricity roughly be 1/3 of the
cost if baseboards heated the whole house?
And the same question for the oil-heated part of the house,
will the cost of the oil roughly be 2/3 of what it would
be if oil heated the entire house?
Basically I just want to know if I'm going to be paying a
lot more for heat than I should be because of this
combination heating setup.