No tanks' to traditional heating systems

CHESTERTOWN Jay Lamica has one thing to say about traditional oil and electric furnaces and hot water heaters: No tanks.

Lamica owns the Heater Store in Chestertown and offers an alternative to traditional heating methods. Hes going into his fourth year, and he said four years and 1,500 customers later, he has never had a disappointed customer.

Lamica sells Monitor, Toyotomi, Rinnai and Lochinvar heating products, that can help homeowners and business owners save money and help the environment.

Rising fuel costs have prompted people to do their research, he said. If a product says its 92 percent efficient, the bottom line is how many gallons of fuel do you use.

He said an 1,800 square foot home heating with a traditional furnace will use about 900 - 1,300 gallons of oil in a year, and that number is often higher, depending on factors like insulation and windows.

Using a Monitor furnace, that same house would use about 550 gallons, everything else being equal, Lamica said.

Lamica and his employee, Dustin Saltmarsh, are both certified and trained to service every product they sell. They also do warranty work on those products even if they werent purchased at the store.

The Heater Store carries on demand hot water heaters as well as furnaces. Lamica said that 90 percent of Americans still store their hot water while theyre at work, only to come home, shower, and temper it with cold water.

With a tankless, on demand system, you can set the temperature you like on a keypad, and you just turn on the hot water and its exactly how you like it, he said. And they last 15-20 years as opposed to a tank heater that typically lasts five to seven years. The on demand hot water heaters use natural or propane gas, and as long as there is gas in the tank, hot water is always available on demand, without using the energy to store it and keep it warm.

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