HOME HEATING SOURCES
Here in the Montpelier and Barre real estate market (and everywhere else in Vermont), heating systems are pretty important. Most houses in this area heat with oil, propane, or wood. Our neighbors use solar, and depending on where you live, you might look into geothermal or wind as well. But for most people, it's either oil, propane, or wood.
Within those fuel types, there are a couple different heating systems that are common in the Montpelier and Barre area. Basically, you're looking at hot water systems (baseboard, radiator, or radiant floor) and forced hot air. Personal preferences come into play. Some people love steam radiators, and some people prefer forced hot air. At our house in Middlesex, we do most of our heating with a wood stove, but we have a propane furnace for forced hot air too.
Generally speaking, newer systems are a lot more efficient (create the heat with less fuel) than older ones. But they're not cheap. It depends on the house, but it can sometimes make sense to update the heating system before putting it on the market. As a buyer in Central Vermont, it's a good idea to get an inspection done.
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