Jennifer McEachern has finally said goodbye to the original oil-fired furnace in her 1953 Connecticut ranch, and is leaping at the opportunity improve indoor air quality as she ponders a new source of heat.
There are other issues as well, as she explains in this Q&A post, such as lots of air leaks in her home’s building envelope. A blower-door test shows 15.7 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals, 10 times what a conscientious builder might shoot for today.
McEachern says her first choice for a new heating system is a boiler that runs on liquid propane (LP) coupled with radiators. That makes some sense because the house already uses LP for other appliances, including a generator. At the same time, McEachern also would like to add a heat-recovery ventilator or a HEPA ventilation system with its own ductwork. In addition, someone has recommended she consider at AtmosAir ionization air purification system.
“Does anyone have any advice about this equipment and/or plan?” McEachern asks. “The heating contractors we have had look at the system just provide us with quotes for whatever we ask about and don’t provide advice (that we desperately need).”
While all of this is still up in the air , McEachern and her family are staying warm with a wood-burning fireplace insert that was installed a few years ago, along with a few heaters in the bedrooms.
Winter may have settled over New England, but McEachern is in no rush.
“We are prepared to take some time to get this right,” she says. So, what is the right answer? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight.
Consider a heat pump instead
Propane is an expensive fuel for heat, says Keith Gustafson, who suggests that McEachern consider heat pumps instead.…