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Replacement options for oil furnace?


We live in a house built circa 1870 in Rockingham County VA. We have radiant heat with a hot water oil furnace. We are

interested in finding something to replace the oil tank because oil

prices are rising and I feel that oil is not very environmentally conscious. However we

are new to this and not sure if this is even an option. Does anyone

have any experience with this? Is it possible to get an electric water

heater for the radiators? (Our water heater is electric, fyi) We do not

necessarily want to get rid of the entire radiator system..but would

consider it if that makes the most sense. I have also heard that trying

to dispose of the oil tank is complicated...


  • STEVEusaPASTEVEusaPA Member Posts: 1,455
    simple answer

    Without debating best option, and oil prices, you could get an electric boiler.  Unless its running or solar or wind, some kind of fossil fuel is going to need to be burned. (Virginia is coal country, no?)

    Depending on who you listen to, oil prices are expected to stay the same, or even drop, nat gas is suppose to go up.....and up.  Check out the article about old nat gas lines leaking more nat gas in New England then is being consumed.
  • ZmanZman Member Posts: 3,478

    Here is a nice tool
    "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"
    Albert Einstein
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