As part of their decision to buy a home in Woburn the new homeowners decided to replace the existing oil fired heating equipment with a new high efficiency system powered by gas. Besides the fact that the new system would pay for itself over time in the form of lower costs for heat and hot water the decision was made easier because of programs from Mass Save which entitled the homeowners to thousands of dollars in rebates as well as 0% financing for 7 years.
Whenever a decision is made to replace heating equipment there are going to be challenges. In this case there were the usual handicaps related to the installation of the new and removal of the old equipment. In addition there was a timing issue. Winter was fast approaching so the window for National Grid doing their part was closing. The project literally got the last gas install date of the season.
As the homeowner recounts after the fact, the delays on the part of the gas company were a bit stressful. But once the gas line was installed it was only a matter of 2 weeks for Absolute Precision to install the new equipment, get the necessary inspections, remove the ancient equipment, and get the new heating system up and running. We worked with the homeowner from beginning to end on the project from the Mass Save rebates and financing to the coordination of installations and inspections.
In the video Ken walks us through each step in the installation. It’s worth a watch for anyone who is considering a heating system replacement and particularly for those thinking about switching from oil to gas. And if you’re wondering why a change from oil to gas is a good move…here are three good reasons.
Despite the fact that the price of oil is down substantially from all time highs it’s still cheaper to heat with gas than oil. The United States is the world’s leading producer of natural gas so the price of gas in the U.S. is not subject to the type of price volatility that regularly occurs with oil.
Although natural gas is a fossil fuel it’s combustion emissions are far lower (50 to 60 percent) than for oil. The gap is even wider when high efficiency equipment is used.
Gas requires no storage. Oil on the other hand not only requires storage but regular delivery is necessary as well. The storage of oil can lead to problems such as a leak in the lines or the tank itself. Should a leak occur cleanup and remediation costs can soar into many thousands of dollars.
On this project the homeowners chose to go with one of the most efficient, energy saving boilers on the market today. The Burnham Alpine is equipped with numerous advanced technology features such as those that constantly monitor boiler performance and match fuel consumption directly to heating demand. The Alpine incorporates outside temperature sensing technology that automatically adjusts the firing rate of the boiler based on the outside air temperature. It also continuously monitors system safety parameters to ensure years of comfortable, safe, reliable operation.
While the success of this project was highly dependent on National Grid’s schedule for digging up the street and running gas service to the house we don’t want to create the false impression that a homeowner can’t switch from oil fired equipment to gas in winter months. It’s not a common occurrence but when a heating system is failing and needs to be replaced waiting for spring is not an option. You can check out this video about a heating system replacement we did in January to learn more.
That’s the goal.