Oldest Furnace Contest Winner

By Brandi Devine

Oldest Furnace Contest Winner

February 17, 2011 Updated Feb 17, 2011 at 6:47 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The 2nd annual Oldest Furnace Contest hosted by Auchinachie Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning came out with an 83- year old winner.

Auchinachie designed the contest inform people of safety issues related to older furnaces and the efficiency of newer furnaces.

Maegan and Dave Babcock say their old furnace burned $3,000 a year in energy costs.

The couple was presented with a $5,500 check towards a new high-efficiency furnace.

"Some of the older things, while they did heat well, there were some possible safety concerns and efficiencies and all that. Equipment can limp along, but that doesn't mean it is saving you money," says Bob Auchinachie, President of Auchinachie Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning.

After having their new furnace installed in October, the Babcock's say that their heating cost are significantly lower.

In fact, their budget billing based on their old furnace has been $0 for the last two months.