Hi, two years ago my husband and I bought a detached house in the Bronx in New York. It is 2 levels plus a finished basement, unfinished attic. The house was built in 1945 I think.
Since we've moved in, we've had the gas boiler stop working fully 2x. The guy who serviced it said it's an old boiler, 1982 (older than me!), but in decent shape. It hadn't been serviced often, he thought.
We have hot water radiators that have worked fine except in 2 rooms. Had these fixed. We also have a hot water heater connected to the boiler, which works fine (although during the winter, showers have to be shorter than I'd like before the hot water runs out, like under 20 minutes for one person, under 10 for 2 people - I like long showers).
Our heating bill for the house seems astronomic to us. The house is about 2500 sq feet and the bill is easily $800 per month in the winter. We've added some insulation in the attic and round the doors, but it has done little. It also feels freezing in the winter, especially on the main floor, though the thermostat reads 68. We walk around in full sweats, wool socks, etc, and are still cold. We also have the thermostat programmed to go down to 60 when we're not there, and the basement isn't used much, and it has its own thermostat, so we leave it cold.
We are wondering if the old boiler makes for high energy bills and cold rooms? If so, what's the best energy efficient replacement to get? If not, does anyone have any idea why it feels so cold or why the energy bill is so high?
We've previously lived in apartments where the heat was included and we were too warm. I grew up in a house in Colorado and remember feeling cold but my dad says our bill is really high (but maybe new York prices are like that for gas?). Our electric bill is only a couple hundred even in the summer, but we use window acs so we only cool rooms we're in, rather than the whole house.