heating considerations

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Old 01-29-05, 04:00 PM
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heating considerations

I have a home entirely heated by electric resistence baseboard heat. I would like to convert to a more efficient method. The house is two stories with no vents, but is set up for gas appliences. Furthermore there is no basement but an 18" crawl space. I am thinking either installing a lowboy furnace or a gas fireplace but really have no idea what is the best option for heating the house while reducing energy usage. Any thoughts?
 
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Old 01-30-05, 08:47 AM
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The most expensive part of heating/cooling is distribution. The hardest and most expensive systems to install in existing construction is forced air and radiant, the least expensive and least intrusive is hot water base boards.

Supplemental systems like Lowboy and gas fire places are basically space heating systems. They work well in the rooms they are in but not so well in other rooms adjacent to them. They are cost effective if they supplement your primary heating system and are very costly to operate if they are used as a primary source of heat.

I have to know if you want to replace your present system or supplement it, to anwer your question properly.
 
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Old 01-31-05, 09:40 AM
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We are looking to replace the existing electric baseboard heating system at least on the main floor. We currently do not occupy the house and are moving in in a couple of months. The current electric baseboards are in complete dissrepair, and need to be removed. Since the heating system needs to be replaced we are looking for the most efficient fesible way to heat the home. This maybe replaceing the current baseboards with new, hopefully more cost efficient, ones. Any thoughts?
 
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Electric baseboards are the least expensive to install since it already exist in the house, but it is the most expensive to operate.

Space heaters like wall furnaces or gas fireplaces do not distribute the heat well in rooms adjacent to them, even in a small house or floor plan.

Forced hot air ducting systems usually perform poorly, unless you have a full basement and do not intend to use the same system to heat the second floor.

The best system in a retrofit situation is a hot water baseboard system. It will distribute the heat very well throughout the house and you can even zone the first and second floors. The 3/4th inch copper tubing is fairly easy to run around any obstacles.

Recommend you get estimates from at least three contractors and each one can give you estimates on the different systems. So you can compare the cost difference.
 
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