Propane Hortizontal heater vs. base board electric

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Old 11-29-19, 07:10 PM
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Propane Hortizontal heater vs. base board electric

North Carolina mountains cabin with a 40 year propane horizontal heater must be replaced. Mounted under the floor beams, heats a 12' high, 15' x 25' great room. Do we replace existing gas heater or, go with electric base board heaters ?
 
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Could you explain what "Mounted under the floor beams" means or provide a picture. I envision a fire hazard.
 
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When making heat burning dinosaurs is usually my first choice. With electric you'll also have to run one or two new electrical circuits.
 
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Forced air is usually cheaper than electric. Also it will heat up a cold cabin faster. Electric might require an upgrade in your electric panel. Do the numbers before you start.
 
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what do Propane, electricity cost ? .

NC would seem to have the perfect climate for a heat pump - have you considered a "mini-split" ?
 
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I like the idea of a good highly efficient "mini-split" system too, but of the two choices, a propane floor furnace to me is a no-brainer over electric resistance.
 
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Cold in those Mountains! Going to visit a friend in Yadkinville in two weeks. I agree with others Hyperheat Mitsubishi ductless split would be my first choice. But propane over the electric any day.
 
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Ductless heat pump is a cost effective and efficient solution. The Energy Star labelled mini split heat pumps with dc inverter technology minimize energy consumption. You should include it into your option list too. changing the propane one is the right decision. A bright side to it ductless heat pump can be used for cooling in the summer.
 
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a quick internet search yielded
NC propane ~$2.60 / gal , works out to 10 cents /kwh.
NC electric ~12 cents /kwh
close enough to call it a toss up or even favor electric considering conversion efficiency
 
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