Hi there, I just registered a few minutes ago because I've been doing some research in a heating/hot water system and would really like some more information.
My oil boiler which provided hot water and heat to my home is on its very last legs. We obviously need to replace it with something that will provide hot water and/or heat to our home, but with oil so expensive and us being environmentally conscious, we would like to do it the most efficient manner.
Here's what our system is now: Oil tank, oil burner with builtin coil for hot water, and our home uses radiator heat. Unfortunately natural gas is not available here, so I believe our only options for a primary heating system are propane or oil.
My question is which is safer/more efficient, boiler recommendations would also be great, and what should I be looking for when picking a boiler?
I would also like to add a supplement to the heater like solar hot water panels, geotermal or something of the like. We would like it to pay for itself in at most 10 years in terms of energy savings.
Another thing to possibly take into account would be that we will probably be putting in C/A in the house next year, not sure if that could plan a roll and what kind of heating system is best. Although I'm told that the same vents for C/A and heat shouldn't be the same because of positioning.
We live in Connecticut, and also have a hot tub, which I imagine that if we hook up to solar water panels, it could really save us a ton.
Any recommendations would be great. My house is a ranch with an open attic to all rooms.
Sorry for all the questions, but any help would be greatly appreciated.