Replacing Oil Boiler with Electric Boiler and Heat Pump
Our house was built in 1890 and is located in southeast VT (zone 5a, I think). Currently it has an oil boiler to supply hot water and heat via hot water radiators. The engineer from the oil distributor and service company says we need a higher powered circulator pump for the system. This makes sense because the heat is very unevenly distributed and apparently the previous owner installed additional radiators without upgrading. He said to actually do it right a secondary boiler would be needed, however, he didn’t recommend that.
Our question: We’re considering replacing the oil boiler with an electric boiler. Should we still do this upgrade while we consider that change? It will apparently cost about $700. Will this upgrade be applicable/compatible if we do make that switch? Is an electric boiler a good idea? To further complicate the matter, we’re also considering getting an air-to-heat pump system. We’re just trying to figure out the system(s) that will keep us comfortable, not break the bank, and be conscious of climate change impacts.
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