Considering buying a home with baseboard electric

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Old 10-15-14, 08:24 AM
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Considering buying a home with baseboard electric

I live in NY. It's a 2 story, 2300 Sq. ft. house. Got the utility bills. Averages about 450-500 during the winter months. They have a pellet stove downstairs. I'm looking at the house again on Friday with a heating/cooling contractor. Thinking about converting to natural gas forced air with central air.

How much does it usually cost to add those while adding the ducts?

Any cheaper alternatives?

Thanks! I know literally nothing about this.
 
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Old 10-15-14, 08:27 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

Hard to estimate remotely, best bet is to get three or more contractors to bid the job so you can compare.

Additionally, this is the time to look at the option of geothermal.
 
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Old 10-15-14, 08:29 AM
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Thanks for your response! What's geothermal?
 
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Old 10-15-14, 08:59 AM
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It's a process where the relatively constant temperature of the earth is used to help heat and cool your home. I've heard it described as the one upgrade you can make to your home which pays you back before you sell it to someone else.

As long as you're in the process of changing the system as much as you've proposed, this would be something I would at least look at, since this is the time when it adds the least to the bill to do it.

Google it and you should get all kinds of reading.
 
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Old 10-15-14, 09:16 AM
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I think the biggest concern would be how/where to run the duct work as that is typically hid in the framework of the house. How to run the ducts where they are both efficient and so you can hide them might be a challenge.
 
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Old 10-18-14, 08:13 AM
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$500 / month seems pretty tolerable.
If you like the house otherwise, why not just leave it as is for a year and see how it works with your life style - then you'd know better what changes in the heating / AC you'd like to achieve.

Adding ductwork could be a real hassle. If you wanted the benefits of heat pumpery (AirConditioning might be one) you might look at mini-splits (I see some advertisements on the right of this webpage).
I could imagine that you might like baseboard heating in some rooms, conditioned air in others, or a combination : air with baseboard supplemental for example.
 
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Old 10-18-14, 08:20 PM
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Electric baseboards has to be the most expensive type of heat you can have.
How old is this house?
Full basement?
Unfinished attic?
 
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