The new furnace was installed yesterday but I haven't gotten a look at it yet. I know that a large part of the cost of the furnace was the installation, but do you know how nice it is to come home and it's just done? Old one hauled away new one installed, hooked up to gas, electric and thermostat and they warranty their work so I don't have to worry too much about something being done wrong. I think I could like this whole "paying other people to do work for me" thing. Next up a plumber for the laundry!
I created a table to calculate the return on our investment of a new furnace. It's a little tricky to read because oil is purchased in batches and gas is paid per month so the percentage will shrink until the next hypothetical oil delivery then shoot back up. The most accurate numbers will be at the end of each heating season. Since we have and electric hot water tank it will be easy to see exactly how much fuel the furnace is consuming. I'll update it once a month after I pay the utility bill. Even though gas/oil prices have dropped since this summer, I still believe that we will make back our money on this thing. And bonus: no more stinky petroleum smell in the basement. Actually right now it's pretty bad because they had to cut open the tank to remove it but it will dissipate and we'll have an big new storage room downstairs. Don't tell Paul, but it would be the perfect room to make beer in (dark, cool). I want to finish the floor with some self-leveling cement and add insulation (especially around the coal door since it gets pretty cold in there, maybe put in a "real" light fixture.