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October 28, 2009

This is officially going to be the lamest blog post in the history of blogdom.  Bear with me.  I’ll even intersperse doggy pictures to keep you entertained.  In fact, why not skip the text and just check out the pictures.

We bought a heater!  And a heat pump!  Yay for warmth!  Boo for the big expense on something that is not at all pretty!


When we bought the house, our inefficient 18-year old heater had cracked heating coils (and we didn’t have an air conditioner).  We anticipated buying a heater before it got too cold here, and finally decided to take the plunge the first week in October.  We learned a few things during our heater shopping that I thought I’d share, just in case any of you are in the market for a heater.

We looked into geothermal heating for a minute, and it seemed like a pretty cool thing.  Energy efficiency, lower bills, what’s not to love?  The upfront cost and the digging up of our yard were a bit much for us to swallow, though, so we opted against it.  (Geothermal heat is about twice as much as a regular heater to get going, not to mention that they’ve got to dig several wells deep into the ground.  Since we fell in love with the land that this house is on before we even purchased it, destroying our beautiful wooded lot was not really an option.  We were also told that because of our location in the woods, we’d need to have an open ended loop – meaning that the water circulating through the geothermal heating pipes would be freshly pumped from our well and then dumped after making it’s journey through our house.  This didn’t seem ultra-efficient to us.)


We ended up going with a Lennox furnace/heat pump – mostly because we felt comfortable with the guy selling it and also because the company we purchased it from (Bel-Aire Heating) could install it the following week.  My parent’s friend (a heating specialist) also confirmed that it was a good brand.  Sold.

The furnace has a variable speed blower and modulating heat output, which is fancy language for it comes on only as much as you need it to and when you need it to.  Excellent.  The heat pump will operate as our air conditioner in the summer (if we even need it), and will also heat our house until it’s about 30 degrees outside, at which point, our furnace will take over.  Since our furnace runs on propane (no natural gas out here in the country), and propane can be crazy expensive, our electric heat pump should save us a bunch of cash during spring and summer, and minimize our need for propane.

Of course, we also had to throw in the humidifier and a good filter (lots of allergens out here in the country + dog dander + occasional whiff of stale smoke from previous owner who died 10 years ago = good filter needed).  We could have gotten a filter with a UV-light that is supposed to kill pretty much everything that enters, but when we found out that this option could be added on later for $100, we decided to skip it for now.  My parent’s friend mentioned that this UV-light filter was sort of hit or miss – some people notice a difference, others don’t.  And we now have a fancy schmancy touch screen programmable thermostat to play with.  As soon as we read the instruction manual to figure out how it works.

Mind you, I learned all of that in the last 3 weeks.  I am now a tome of information that no one wants to know.  Let’s all hope I have something more exciting to write about tomorrow, and that I haven’t lost all 5 of my readers at this point.  (I mean, the dog pictures should have kept at least 3 of you interested.  Right?)


Our nephew Peter was pretending to sleep; Jezebel was really sleeping.  Note that he was sweet enough to share his special toy – his cuddle bear – with her!



7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2009 10:55 am

    they are pretty awesome pictures of your doggies!!!
    Also your property looks georgeous in your last post – so many leaves!! i am jealous – it’s still 90 degrees here.

  2. October 28, 2009 11:12 am

    Hey keep an eye on propane futures as they spike a couple of times in fall and winter and cost you a bit more per LB. May want to fill up in historically low pricing periods.
    I have noticed that with the heat pump that is is a bit more humid in the spring and fall seasons (because the pump is doing the heating and your are not really “burning gas” to heat) basement may need a bit of dehumidification.

  3. October 28, 2009 11:40 am

    Don’t you love all of the information that sticks in your brain when you really don’t need it to? And somehow the important things just slip away unnoticed.

  4. October 28, 2009 11:58 am

    Ugh…I hate heat issues! I have a boiler that is about 60 years old and I just keep praying it doesn’t break (knocking on wood right now). Keep us posted on how you think it’s working for you.

    PS: the doggie pics are to die for 🙂

  5. GGG permalink
    October 28, 2009 3:43 pm

    I don’t know how you do it but you sure know how to make a boring subject interesting! Maybe it was the dog pictures? 🙂


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