When my husband and I purchased our home, there was a lot of work to be done.
The house is well over a hundred years old and the former owners made very few upgrades.
For the five years before we moved in, the house sat empty. While the structure of the house was in good shape, we needed to replace the roof, windows and doors. There were water stains on the ceilings, and the floors were badly warped. The walls were crumbling plaster and there was no insulation. One of my biggest complaints was the ancient oil furnace. Although the heating system was still operational, it wasn’t energy efficient. The furnace semed to run constantly, and yet the house was often chilly. While part of the problem was definitely leaks in the thermal envelope, the heater simply couldn’t keep up. Plus, I was not scheduling my life around the delivery of fuel, and I worried about running out of oil in the middle of winter. There was also the potential hazard of an oil leak, and the furnace created unpleasant fumes. When I started researching modern natural gas furnaces, I realized that the savings in energy bills would quickly pay for the new system. I contacted a local HVAC contractor to inquire about converting from oil to natural gas heating. I expected the cost to be quite high, but it was reasonable. Since we already had access to natural gas, the conversion was not all that complicated. The convenience of a natural gas furnace is a huge improvement. The new heating unit is quiet, clean, and wonderfully efficient.