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Boiler questions. Tank size? Lifespan?

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by captonion, Jan 13, 2010.

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  1. tbsdolmar

    tbsdolmar New Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Central Pa
    I'm sure that I will get stomped on for saying this but Geothermal heat pumps are a waste of money in my opinion. For example I can install a complete 15 seer system with ductwork for around $7200 and a geothermal with wells are $18-20,000 installed. The life span on both units are 12-15 years. Also you still have to have electric backup on both units because your heat loss will always be larger than the unit sized for it at a given temperature and once that kicks in everything is basically equal for running cost. Now if you weigh all these things together have you saved anything until maybe the last year or 2 of it's life.

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  2. captonion

    captonion New Member

    Oct 16, 2009
    East Ontario
    Being a logger who on average cuts 120 ton of wood a day buy hand, it gets old fast. When I am old I plan on fishing, and hunting ALOT! The only time I plan on using a chainsaw is to cut trees off the roads, and trails when I am fishing, and hunting. Thats providing the young fellas will cut the wood for the camp!

    When factoring in cost of oil/gas/electicity the unit will be payed off in 8, then the cost to run the Geothermal is minimal. A neibour close by says it costs him an average of 500-800 yearly for both heat, and air conditioning for a similar sized house as mine. Thats almost free IMO.
    Even wood!If you factor in your time by the hour(cutting,piling,clean up), plus the wood(if your paying for it).It isn't all that cheap.
    I don't know about you, but I factor all this in as cost! Figure out what you would charge someone else for doing this, then add wood cost, and thats what it's worth!

    Your gettind rapped on that price.

    50yr warranty on my set up. I will be long dead after it expires!

    I already have full generator back up, so thats taken care of!
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