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Took bids on oil to gas conversion.
1450 sq ft house, unfinished basement Long Island NY. Think the estimate was 67k BTUs to heat the house. Don't have many simultaneous draws, maybe a laundry load will go at the same time as a shower. Otherwise max 2 back to back showers or a bath would be the biggest continuous load. DIshwasher goes on before we go to bed. Only caveat is that we travel and sometimes no hot water draws for weeks. Thinking I can just lower the temp setting on HW Heater???
2 bids were for ~105k BTU and stand alone 45-50 gallon hot water heater. I'm not a fan of stand alone heaters from reliability standpoint. But they were priced $1100 less than any indirect option.
The others were for indirect fires coupled with higher BTU boilers. The one that caught my eye was a TurboMax 23 from a price point of view. I don't have hard water which I think fouls these things up but otherwise hard to find recent info on these. The guy did say that I didn't need to upgrade the boilers to more BTUs to run the indirect which doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me? He proposed 105k BTU boiler with net at 77k BTU. That leaves me with a 10k BTU excess outside of the heating. Is that enough? Should I "upgrade" to the TurboMax or just pocket the $1100 and use the conventional gas fired 50 gallon Bradford White?