We are trying to decide on heating our basement. It is framed and ready for
sheetrock we are trying to decide if we want HW baseboard or should we just
get electric BB. A lot of folks are telling me that the new Electric BB
heaters are very efficient and not as dangerous as they once where (?). The
reason this is a consideration over HW is that trying to find a plumber that
is reasonable this time of year is very difficult. I am getting some truly
high prices lets say like 3000.00.
I would also like to have this completed real soon.
I guess what I am trying to ask is if electric is that much more to run.
Electric BB is ***way*** more expensive to operate. It runs hotter too, but
you'll need less linear footage.
I don't think electric BB runs any cooler than it ever did, although the do
make some pricy electric hydronic BBs that put out less intense heat.
You still cannot locate any outlet above electric BBs.
Have you considered installing hot water hydronic BB's yourself, and get a
plumber to simply sweat all the fittings and make the final connections to the
boiler only? That way, you're hiring a "service call" plumber by the hour,
instead of trying to get a contracting geared production plumbing firm out to
do a "little job."
Some of it depends on where you live- how cold it gets and electric
Sounds like you alreadt have a HW system.
With Murphy's law in effect.... I'd go electric. If something were to go
wrong with the boiler/burner in the middle of winter, you'd have *some* heat
in the house.
My present house is all electric. Keep the curtains 6 inches away from the
bb, and they're fine.
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