Electric heating offers clean, comfortable option

Oil tanks should become a messy thing of the past in terms of household heating

Re: Leaky oil tanks

We have a 1920’s house that was previously heated by an oil furnace.

The furnace was old and needed replacing, and we weren’t sure how old the oil tank was. We decided to have the furnace removed and the tank taken away, and had an electrician wire and install electric baseboard and convection heaters throughout the house.

There are thermostats in every room, so if the room is not being used, neither is the heater. The main convection heater in the kitchen is programmed to come on half an hour before we get up and turn off at bedtime.

I would highly recommend this as an alternative to oil tanks and furnaces. Of course the other option would be to replace your oil-burning furnace with a gas furnace and getting rid of the tank at the same time.

I also wonder if there shouldn’t be some kind of regulation about replacing your oil tank every so many years, the same way a propane tank for the barbecue is only allowed so many fills before it’s considered unsafe.

Katherine Buchanan


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