I am renovating a bank building built in 1923. I'd like to put in
central air but also wanted to put in old baseboards reclaimed from
another commercial building. I like the heat retention of a hot water
system, and as the building is relatively small (1100sq ft) opening a
door wide can empty the single large open space of its warm air in no
time at all.
I had hoped to get a furnace to run the the central air, and as a
back-up for heat at times, in case the boiler went out. I have a
working boiler that can supply the baseboards. I wanted to run the
central air in summer, and the boiler system in winter.
One contractor said the I should use one system or the other, but
that to use both they would fight each other. He thought it best to
run the ductwork through the floor, but the air would come out right
by the baseboards. He said the circulating air would be cooler than
the baseboards,and cause a conflict between the systems.
Instead, he suggested using an hot water coil air handler, or just
forgetting about the baseboard idea. i already had all the copper
lines installed fort he baseboaerd system.
My questions, as I have no experience with any of this:
I'd like a furnace, because I like the idea of a back-up system, more
technicians are familiar with them, and parts are more available.
I like the idea of the basebaords.
Does anyone have any opinions on this, or experience with the
reliability of using an air handler combined with hot water