When we first moved into our house, there were quite a few necessary updates and repairs to make.
While we were totally happy with the location and size of the home, we needed to replace old windows, fix the roof and remodel the kitchen and bathrooms. A lot of time, labor and money went into modernizing the home. Unfortunately, replacing the oil furnace was low on our list of priorities. That ancient heating system was not at all energy efficient and ended up costing a small fortune in utility bills. With the excessively long and cold winters in our area, the heating system really makes an impact. On nights when the outdoor temperature dropped down to negative twenty degrees, the house felt chilly. Raising the thermostat setting didn’t help. We needed to bundle up in layers of sweaters and wrap in blankets. I made sure every bed included an electric heated blanket. Plus, the oil furnace required a large and ugly tank sitting in our backyard. I had to arrange for fuel delivery. I constantly worried about running out of fuel and being left without heat. There are often blizzard conditions when the roads become impassable. It was entirely possible that a truck would not be able to get to us, and we would have had no source of heat. Not only could my family not go without heat but there was the risk of pipes freezing and bursting. I didn’t realize what a problem and inconvenience the oil furnace was until we finally made the conversion to natural gas. The project was expensive but definitely worth it. We now have a much more environmentally friendly and energy efficient gas furnace.