Here's my situation, and I'm hoping for some basic advice/thoughts:
-- House is in Stamford, CT and built in 1925, 2 stories, 2000 sq ft. (have not yet moved in) -- hot water radiators in each room -- oil tank in basement, that inspector said has been 'patched' and therefore cannot be insured (otherwise seems to be working) -- gas lines already run right up from street into basement but were capped off, as if it was gas at one point but is no longer -- when heat came on during our viewing it had a loud boom noise, and it seemed like forced air (I could be losing my mind -- there are radiators present so it doesnt really make sense -- or maybe they converted and there is both??)
-- I'm from CA and oil tanks weird me out; I find them bizarre and am mildly suspicious -- We are happy to keep the house quite cool in the winter, don't need it above 60 and dont need whole house heated (would love a room by room option) -- I dont mind investing a few thousand up front if it will payback long term -- trying to be as eco-responsible as possible (but not in a position to be super hardcore) -- the appliances are electric, but I'd love to go to gas one day -- though buying all new ones is not in the budget for a few years. -- I like the idea of radiators, but can you control which rooms actually use them at one time? (in a way that would conserve - save money?)
I am really inclined to abandon oil and switch to gas, but is there some type of electric option thats best for people like us who like it cool and only heat rooms we use? I dont want space heaters, but maybe there's some device that can go where the radiators are?
My confusion is that there are almost too many options, and I dont get how they work together. For example, does gas power radiators or is gas always matched with forced air?
If anyone out there is mildly entertained enough to reply, I'd really appreciate it -- I actually do want to learn about these things and have to start somewhere ;-) (and dad is now retired in las vegas :-)
best regards, d-g