Dutch Ridge resident wins contest for oldest furnace

Daniel’s furnace is 57 years old

Photo Provided This is the old GM DELCO furnace at Mary Daniel’s home that won the Grogg’s Heating and Air Conditioning oldest furnace contest. The old inefficient unit was replaced with a modern York 95 percent efficient furnace.

PARKERSBURG — A Dutch Ridge woman won the annual Grogg’s Heating and Air Conditioning new furnace contest for the oldest furnace in the area.

The company started installation of the new energy efficient heating unit on Tuesday and returned Wednesday to finish the work at Mary Daniel’s home.

“It worked good last night,” Daniel said.

The furnace replaced was in the home when Daniel and her late husband, Bill, bought the house in 1960, she said. The old GM DELCO gas-fired furnace was new back then, Daniel said.

“We moved here in September 1960 and it was a new furnace then,” she said.

Photo Provided This is the new York 95 percent efficient furnace replacing the old furnace at the home of Mary Daniel on Dutch Ridge. She won Grogg’s old furnace contest.

The old energy-inefficient furnace was replaced with a new, modern energy-efficient York furnace, said Adam McDowell, operations manager at Grogg’s Heating.

The York furnace is 95 percent efficient, a vast improvement over the old technology in the Daniel home, he said.

Daniel opted to have whole-house air conditioning installed with the installation of the new furnace, he said.

Among the rules of the contest, which is alternated with air conditioning units, is the homeowner has to be able to prove the age of the furnace and the duct work must also be present, McDowell said.

Another furnace was in the running, too, but Daniel’s documentation was better, he said.

The contest has been held four times in the last 10 years, McDowell said.

The Daniels raised three boys in the home. Joe is the oldest and lives in Parkersburg, Tim is in Florida and Bill is in Texas.

Daniel, appreciative of the new furnace, was unaware she won the contest until Joe saw it in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Daniel said she reads the newspaper, but missed that tidbit.

“Yes, I was surprised,” she said.