Oil burner vs. electric water heater
It is a little late to ask this question because my installation of a new Boderus oil fired boiler starts in 30 minutes, so this more to torture me and maybe help others.
I had a new central heat pump installed 2 years ago at our place in MA and we use it as our primary heating and cooling source. We switch to oil maybe 5 times a year during those really cold nights. Our current boiler is also used for hot water, in conjunction with an indirect tank. We are paying 10k for the new boiler and I wander if I should have had the boiler removed and switched to an electric water heater. I know the central heat pump is not ideal at really cold temps but we’d run it regardless 99/100 days. I looked into a heat pump water heater 1-2 years ago and was told I needed a huge open space for it work, which we can’t accommodate but I think the technology may have improved since then. Did we just throw away 10k (minus what an alternate water heating would cost)?
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