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Conversion oil to gas, but should we keep steam?


We have two requirements - one, our heat bills are 850+ a month and we can't afford it for a one-zone 1600 sf two-floor house. Second, I want the basement to be redone and be one open space. Currently, there is an oil tank in one corner and the boiler/burner in the center of basement, with some pitched steam pipes also in the center. We've had contractors tell us forced hot air on one system, hydro air on two systems (basement and attic) and steam for first floor and electric system in the attic vented down for second floor.

I have no problem with steam but I don't want to throw $$$ away and also want my basement opened up.

Any ideas? I really feel like I don't know anything so how can I decide between contractors?

Thx thx
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