CoalUserWannabe wrote:I guess you all have been watching the debates, and becoming politicians in your answers/statements !
The topic is about the main back up for 110,000 BTU boiler, manufactured recently, and I am simply indicating that to have an oil source heat as a back up is not the best option for heat.
Back up is meant for emergency/temporary use. When going on vacations, most frugal people ( these days we all have to be ) set the inside temperature at 50 and sometimes less.
You guys may want to insist on oil as back up is ok, but stick to the subject of backing up 110.000 BTU boiler when doing your calculation, not 300,000 or more.
Oil burner backup option of the 110.000 BTU boiler seems to have more perceived value with you guys , rather than practical value, if heating oil prices were what they used to be 10 years ago or so, I would agree with you, but they have been steadily going up, with no limit in sight, while the electric rates ( initially high compared to oil ) have remained steady or at a slight increase over the years.
I have seen plenty high quality American made electric heaters, but only at junkyards and Salvation Army stores, I agree that newer imported ones are cheaply made, but most everyone connected to this forum, seem to be pretty handy at picking up what's good and what's bad, newer heater with good quality , safety tilt switches and overheat switches are still found if you do your searches, they may not be the 19.95 but you can still find them.
I don't know where the 50 KW calculation enters into the picture, most rooms can be warmed ( not totally heated ) with 1000 Watts electric heater, 1500 watts is usually fair. an 8 room house at an average 1000 watts a room consumes 8 kwh an hour maximum , with the assumption of 100 % duty cycles on all heaters, and at today's rates ( 10 cents a kwh locally ) that's only about 20 Dollars maximum per day , and that's not really bad for a backup option.
You must work for the electric company.
Sure generation prices might be only $.10/kw but add in the other costs. And then you truly have the cost of electric heat. Most modern homes do not have the wiring to support electric space heaters. Gotta keep the costs low so they use lighter wire. And most electronis devices do not require the power of the old days, so the contractors cut back where they can.
Backup heat is used for the off times that someone may be on vacation and need to have a neighbor or family member stop by to check on their house. In most instances, it is all they can do to just stop by, let alone keep a close eye on your prize possession. Turn on the oil burner, go enjoy yourself and know that when you come back home, everything will be OK.