Hello all.. We got approved for a $6k grant to make our home more energy efficient. Currently, the house is heated by a ~1991 Ducane 150k BTU forced-air oil furnace which was checked and was told is in good shape, no cracks, but I do smell some fuel smell when it first lights. Cooling is via 2 through-wall AC units (one 10k and one 15k). We live in the 17821 zip.
The house is 2,000 sq.ft. total, with 700sq.ft. being on an upper level (MBR and M.bath), the remainder on the first floor. Basement is finished, but heated primarily by electric wall heat. The ductwork throughout the house is OK, though the installer used duct tape to secure the plastic outer, which has dried and is coming off.
I'd like to update the system and would really appreciate central air, as well as a reduction in heating/cooling costs. Electric costs $.12/kwh (total), and oil was around $3.50/gal at last delivery. We use about 400 gallons a season.
Obviously I need a few contractors to come out and bid, but i wanted to get a ROUGH idea of what I might expect to be able to swing given the budget. (I checked the contractor map - no one anywhere close!)
Sorry for being so wordy, but I wanted to provide all relevant info. Thanks!