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never really needed it anyway

You expect when have a home that you’ll have to upgrade and repair and replace. Homes, like anything, need upkeep. When you buy a home even, you might expect that it needs painting or washing or fixing. Sometimes it needs extensive repair. When we bought our home a few months ago, we knew the old oil burner and tank were original to the house. Some people told us that maybe the …. burning thing inside might have been replaced, which would have kept our efficiency around 60% instead of 50% or 40%. We had long discussions about whether it was worth changing out. We had spreadsheets. We froze a little bit trying to keep the boiler from drinking oil. We were only here for about 2 months of the winter and thankfully it warmed up easily for New England because we still filled up that tank 3 times. It’s a slightly smaller tank than our apartment had and our new house is less drafty than our apartment, but we have ptsd with high oil bills and a cold house. When spring rolled around, we were determined to replace our heating system. Now the question was, what fuel? We went back to our spreadsheets and Bear started calling. We had people come to the house, one of whom was an energy efficiency person. (That was actually a cool visit; we got about 20 free lightbulbs.)

newboilerinprocess_diagramed

Yesterday, ^ that ^ happened. The picture actually makes the new boiler look bigger than the old one, but trust me, it’s not. It’s also a ton lighter. The new boiler only has about 5 gallons of water in it (I think?) and the old about 15 (the plumber’s best estimate). (Bear will correct me if I’m wrong. That new boiler is his baby. Lots and lots of research went into selecting it.)

oildandnewboiler

There, that shows the size difference a lot better. So we’ve got three plumbers in our house during the day working on piping and installation and rearranging gas and water lines. They were actually researched pretty heavily too. Bear takes his new house seriously. It’s just making this week feel kinda long. Every day that the plumbers come means getting up early to make coffee and play musical cars. Yesterday was bringing in the boiler and setting it up. Today is getting the permit and doing most of the piping. Thursday is getting the new tanks. Friday is inspection and finishing up. Assuming everything goes according to schedule. These guys seems to be a lot better at planning out work than I ever am.