My 50+ yr. old oil furnace died this week and I'm forced to buy a new furnace asap. Old one was forced hot air system in winter, with huge, uninsulated ducts in basement, delivered central air in summer, in one story ranch. Plumber and heating co. recommended 2 options, both gas.
+ Spend $6700 for a gas, warm air furnace that is 80% effective and could be installed Christmas week, or $16,500 for 93% efficient gas system, switch to baseboard heat, eliminating the uninsulated ducts that run the length and width of the basement ceiling but that installation could not be done until after Christmas. (He mentioned Navian.) With old furnace, by the time the forced hot air got to the end of the ductwork, it was barely warm, so the rooms farthest away from the furnace were always cold. Also used @100
gal. oil every 2 weeks during coldest 10-12 wks. of the heating season$$$
+ Advice? Questions I should ask? Deciding factors (besides cost)? I'm looking a long-term, efficient, clean system and disliked the dust generated by forced hot air.
+ Desperate single mom, kids ready to mutiny, tired of "roughing it" in a cold house, dog is only one not complaining at this point. Forced to decide asap or will have no heat for remainder of this year!