I am closing on my 1954 ranch this coming Tuesday, I grew up in apartments so this is my first home and first time owner. I have a week to become as informed as possible so when the HVAC dudes that come to give me quotes etc I don't look at them like I'm clueless.
Here's what I know we have. The original oil burner from 1954, forced water to baseboards, a separate hot water tank (that the home inspector told me was 9 yrs old) and about 5 sleeve AC's. I've already spoken to National Grid and they have a special running til the end of April where the connection to gas is free (it's already outside the house they said) and they offer a Burnham boiler for $. I asked them about more energy efficient models and they also have a better Burnham for $.
They told me I need a licensed plumber to connect everything and I'm set. I however am thinking I need an HVAC person if I'm going to either do the central air as well all in one shot or at least plan for it if it's crazy expensive to do now. I am trying to learn about brands/rebates/etc. I've read that the Burnham is a decent unit but is National Grid even giving me a break on it? I think I found it online for a better price. Do I want to just let the installers choose what's best? Then I have my dad telling him his friend had something installed that was wall-hung and supplied both the heat and hot water (I am seeing this on Saturday since dad didn't remember brand names etc.).
The house is about 1200 sq feet ranch and is in Nassau County NY. Also the basement is same size basically. I just want as much info as possible before I start the process of finding an installer, recommendations, what to avoid, etc? I should really wait til I have the keys and can get more info but I guess I can always post another thread next week (if closing goes smoothly, lol).