I was planning to buy a new furnace, for the greater efficiency I hear
about, and for the Federal Energy Tax Credit, but a reputable furnace
dealer I talked to, who has been in business for 80 years, said that
it's hard to find an OIL furnace that is eligible for the tax credit.
Because not much work has been done redesigning oil furnaces if I
understand him correctly.
What do you guys know about that?
It took me by surprise.
He knows houses in my n'hood and says I need 2 ton.
He sells Rudd and Rheem, which he says are the same. What do you guys
know about that?
In the spring of '09 I was looking at oil furnaces. The energy
rebate *then* specified 90% efficient- which only covered condensing
units. They are[were?] only manufactured by Adams- and sold under 3-4
Condensing oil furnaces are new technology & I hesitated on jumping on
to that bandwagon.
Before I even priced them I found a new furnace on craiglist for $500
& figured I'd never beat that with the small efficiency savings I was
supposed to get with the condensing unit even with the rebate. The
stack test by the tech who set it up was 85% or so. So for 5% [in
theory] the premium you'd likely pay for a condensing unit would have
a long payback. [but you'd also get that warm fuzzy feeling if you're
Spend your extra money on insulation that has a 30% credit from the
first $15 roll- and a 1-2 year payback.
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