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My Furnace Quandry

October 24th, 2006 at 07:14 am

I'm still going back and forth on the question of the year here...........Do I put in a new furnace or just tough it out with the wood stove??

I thought I was done with this decision; weighing in on the wood stove side.........but I've come up with more questions for myself and it seems I need more information to make this a well informed decision.

I've had a couple mornings here, where a fire would be nice.........but I was going to be gone. With the new tenants, I'm not totally confidant they would "pass" my test of sorts to be Keepers of the Fire. So, we had no fire.....& it was definately chilly in here until I got the stove started later in the evening.

I'll call my magician of a furnace man & get a quote on a new furnace; just a bare bones variety. We don't need bells & whistles here.........just a bit of heat when lighting the stove isn't an option.
The figure will make my decision for me. And, the line where it is just TOO MUCH, is totally imaginary. Funny, that. So, we'll see if I can get this decision made & be happy with it finally. We'll either be able to turn on the furnace for a bit to take off the chill.....or I'll be busy knitting everyone their personal afghan to cozy up with! Smile

2 Responses to “My Furnace Quandry”

  1. fern Says:

    Keep in mind that if you get a new furnace this year you will be eligible for tax credits on energy-efficient home improvement; i don't know that these credits will be available next year.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    We use our wood stove the majority of the time but I am glad to have the propane furnace and don't regret putting it in. I used to be quite prone to walking pnuemonia and with DH gone so much, I just couldn't be bringing wood in, so the furnace was great for that. Or for when we go on vacation during the winter we can leave the furnace running on 60 to keep the pipes from freezing. I was grateful for that the year it got down to 9 degrees F at home when we were in Disneyland. I've had the pipes freeze once and that was a "never again" incident.

    I always start a fire in the mornings whether I will be home or not. Just to get the chill off the house. I stoke it and it burns for a few hours than goes out, but our house is so well insulated that that will often be enough that it is still reasonably warm until the sun goes down.

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