Joe P

01:51AM | 02/23/03
Member Since: 02/22/03
1 lifetime posts
I have been told by my oil supply company that i need to replace my oil / hot water funace. House was built and furnace installed in 1985. How can i choose and decide on :
1. which brand to install?
2. what heating options do I have (a/c, heat pumps etc.)9 (we live in New Jersey--and since the temperature goes at near and sometimes below zero, I've been told heat pumps are NOT an option.
3.Since the current system is a two zone, is it an option at this time to increase the number of zones?

Thnaks, JOEP


12:00PM | 02/26/03
Member Since: 02/25/03
9 lifetime posts
No, a heat pump would not keep up with those cold temperatures. I would look into natural gas furnaces, maybe propane on the east coast?

Gary Sippin

08:23AM | 02/27/03
Member Since: 02/26/03
1 lifetime posts
I would advise staying with oil heat, and if at all possible, integrating domestic hot water in with the homes heating system. An indirect hot water heater and oilfired hydro-air system is ideal. These systems minimize service requierments, and are very economical to run. Although they are not cheap to install, the payback will last a lifetime.


10:10AM | 03/02/03
Member Since: 03/01/03
19 lifetime posts
get rid of oil heat. you are at the mercy of the oil companies and the middle east. Gas is more reliable(there are no red reset bottons on a gas unit) and gas should be availabe in your area unless you live in the boonies. No heat pumps don't work north of the mason dixon line

Best of luck


05:17PM | 03/02/03
I believe that "gas" prices are also affected by the middle east, since "gas" or LP is derived from crude. In some areas it is still cheaper and makes much more economical sense to stick with what is still popular and readily available. When a unit is properly maintained and service by experienced technicians, you seldom have to push 'red' buttons to keep them running.
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