New Furnace and A/C

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Old 04-11-04, 06:19 AM
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Question New Furnace and A/C

I've got an in depth question here. My husband and I are thinking of buying a house that has gas baseboard heat. In some rooms, the baseboard units are pretty banged up if not falling apart completely. It has no central air. We are going to get several estimates on the cost of replacing the baseboard heat, getting central air, putting in all the duct work, etc. My question is should we possibly keep the baseboard heat and just add the central air? I know nothing about different types of furnaces (baseboard, forced air, etc.) and what is the best style of heating (electric, gas, geothermal, etc.) If anybody could give me their opinion on what they think would be best, I'd greatly appreciate it. The house is a tri-level with a full finished basement. We live in Indiana, so you never know how cold our winters will be. Thanks!!!!
 
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Old 04-11-04, 06:49 AM
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good questions. if the basebords do the job,i would repair them and when installing a/c have them install a gas furnace. you will have to have either that or a fan coil for the airflow. the furnace would give you a secondary source of heat.

tri level with a full basement may be difficult to install a/c in, you will need chases or access to run ductwork. most tri levels here in georgia are difficult to evenly cool or heat

i would go with gas, heat pumps may have a higher operating cost in your climate, ed posts a link, i believe it is www.warmair.net that will compare operating costs in your area.
 
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Old 04-11-04, 08:17 AM
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Like hvac4u said go to that www. link and see what is the best fuel to go with . Id also say go with just one unit for the heat and cool. Get 3 bids for the job and make sure they run a heat loss and gain on the home . Next is how will they get the duct work in.
For geothermal go www.amgeo.com


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Old 04-12-04, 08:31 AM
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I wouild keep the baseboard heat in the home, and just do a spit A/C system in the attic.

Hot water heat is a very warm and even heat for your home.. No more dafty air in your home.
 
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