YAFQ (yet another furnace question).
September 17, 2010 8:29 AM Subscribe
Yet another question on furnaces (actually, boilers)--this time, propane versus oil. Does it make sense to replace my oil boiler with propane?
posted by Gordion Knott to home & garden (5 answers total)
Currently, I'm debating as to whether I should replace my oil-fired boiler with a newer, propane model. I'll be replacing my water heater soon, so it may be a good time to kill two birds with one stone.
-A propane tank is going in to heat my domestic water, among other things. Propane is best in my area. So non-propane solutions are not on the table.
-The current set-up is an oil-fired boiler connected to five zones on a hotwater baseboard system. The boiler is 21 years old. (I noted in the previous thread that systems older than 10 years are often considered obsolete or inefficient).
-Initial estimates of the new, propane boiler are running from $4K-$6K.
My biggest interest is in saving $$s over the next 3-5 years. I don't believe I can cover the entire cost of the new boiler, but will I see big gains in efficiency? Is propane cheaper than heating oil, for the most part?
Also, are there any models of propane boilers I should consider? Are tax rebates/credits allocated for buying one?