Energy and Sustainability, Public Relations
I’m thinking about getting a new energy-efficient furnace in my 40-year-old house, and it sure makes me empathize with commercial owners considering energy retrofits.
How much will it cost? How much will I save in energy? Should I replace my windows while I’m at it? If I wait another year, will the federal tax break disappear, or go back to the 2010 level, or stay the same? How long do I plan to stay in the house, and how much would a new furnace increase the sales price, if at all? Part of the reason I want a new furnace is that the old one wastes a lot of space. Reclaiming the space would involve not only a smaller furnace but also moving my water heater and some of the ductwork and pipes for both the furnace and water heater. The HVAC people I’ve spoken with don’t want to deal with all that–they just want to replace the furnace in the same spot.
It’s a complicated job–and I already have a job. If I plunge into this project, it could cost more and take more of my time than expected. So, yeah, I get it when a building owner has similar concerns on a much larger scale. But one way or another, I’m going to get this done.