need advice-- should i replace my oil steam boiler with gas unit

bigds01September 8, 2011

I have a very large credit with my plumber. Our home is a 1885 single pipe steam radiator heated home.

I can replace the existing oil boiler with either another oil or a gas unit. There is already a gas line in the house.

Which type of fuel is less expensive to run?

Also, there is an indirect water unit that I want to replace with a separate water heater since we always run out of hot water. Any thoughts on whether having a separate heater vs indirect unit will give me more hot water?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
neohioheatpump

Gas is most definitly less expensive to heat with than oil. Oil is expensive. Switch to the gas.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2011 at 8:35AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mike_home

Swithcing from oil to gas, especially when the gas line is already in the house, is an very easy decision. You will easily cut your heating bills in half.

I recommend you have the plumber install a separate gas hot water. The hot water heater can be sized to your needs. Usually 40-50 gallons is adequate for most families. This is also a more efficient to heat hot water resulting in additional savings.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2011 at 10:20AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
willtv

We switched to a gas fired steam system in 2009 and never looked back. We're saving about $1200 yearly on heating.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 12:01AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Advice on Attic insulation
So we just finished the second year in our house and...
Will Fournier
Thoughts on proposed HVAC system?
To start: my house is two-level (main plus upper)...
gbleeker
Disconnect for Fujitsu mini split indoor unit (slim duct type)
We are installing a Fujitsu mini split system that...
ylmzm
Central Air OR Mini-Split
Hello everyone, We bought our house 2 years ago (1938...
Bongo
No Fully Trained Mini Split Installers
Reading threads about mini split heat pumps I got curious...
nerdyshopper
Sponsored Products
Gaggia 1610 Evolution Espresso Machine - 16100
$249.00 | Hayneedle
Chrome Traditional Twin Exposed Thermostatic Shower Faucet Valve
Hudson Reed
Capresso Steam Pro Espresso and Cappuccino Machine - 304.01
$59.99 | Hayneedle
Twin Exposed Shower System - Rigid Riser Kit, Head & Handset Diverter
Hudson Reed
Beaumont Traditional Twin Chrome Concealed Thermostatic Shower Valve
Hudson Reed
Thermostatic Shower System - Triple Valve, Head, Handset Kit & Jets
Hudson Reed
Dual Exposed Thermostatic Shower Valve & Rigid Riser, Handset & Head
Hudson Reed
Taupe Boiler Plate Drape Panel
$34.99 | zulily
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™