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Heat pump or stick with oil??? at the crossroads
I'm in the middle of a power plant move to free up 1 of two chimney's for a wood stove. I am moving the oil boiler and at the same time I need to replace the superStor indirect since it is now leaking slightly (installed in 1993!!!). My problem is trying to decide between just replacing the old superstor with a new one, and keep burning oil all summer for hot water, or to do away with it and get a hybrid electric 80 gal to handle the domestic HW. The unit would be in my unfinished basement which needs a dehumidifier all summer long so I thought it would be a great choice since it pulls heat from warm humid air. Downside is it's a pretty expensive unit and I can't find many people who can vouch for them. A buddy of mine installed one (60 gal State) and says it's been working great. I figure with the 80 gal tank and low flow head on the 1 shower we have (might add more in the future) it would do a fine job with our 5 person family. Any thoughts on this matter would be greatly appreciated seeing as I need to make the decision yesterday.