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Gas versus Oil for Steam Heat in very large house
I own a very large (11000 square feet altogether) brick house built in 1929. The house is heated with steam radiators. The boilers failed this summer and have been removed. We have received widely varying quotes for replacing the old oil burners with new oil burners. Recently a gas burner installer has strongly recommended that we install a gas burner. He says that we will have to fix or replace the oil tank one day or fill it with foam. That gas is more efficient. That gas burners are powerful enough to supply the heat we need for stream radiators. It is a three story house, with full finished basement. We have had trouble getting an independent, unbiased HVAC person to help us assess the difference between oil and gas. Should we be worried about gas if the dealer has a good reputation and the cost is reasonable? The house is in New York, near NYC. Thanks for your help.
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