I have a raised ranch with electric baseboard radiators. I am thinking of
converting it to oil [no gas]. We also have central air in the main floor.
Before I am going to be hassled by the contractors, I'd like to know what
options I have and the approx. cost. I would love hydraulic radiators but I
guess the cost would be extremely high. What about force air heat in terms
of comfort and efficiency?
Since you have the ducts already for AC, seems like you oughta be able to
tap into them for heating too. I'd have to be there to see the setup.
AC ducts might be higher on the wall though.
Hydraulic: Using petroleum based hydraulic fluid to transfer motion. The
lifter pistons on a backhoe are hydraulic.
Hydrionic: Using water to move heat.
Any of the systems you are considering can work and work well. The
choice is often dictated by local conditions, such as temperature norms and
cost and availability of fuels. Also important will be the design of your
home including insulation, room layout and possible access for insulation.
How happy you are with the final result is going to be based more on how
well designed your system is for your home. Sizing and placement in you
home is very important. This is one time I strongly recommend getting a
good local professional to help you in your decision. Price not only is
different from one part of the country to another, but two homes of the same
size may present far different problems and cost.
Slant-Fin hydronic (water) baseboard is $6/ft at Home Depot. I put it
around my entire house, and got by the doors and sliders by chopping a slot
in the concrete slab. It was 10 times the work I thought it would be, took
close to year of spare time that I couldn't afford, and injured my knees (or
maybe I'm just getting old).
If there is a next time, I'll hire it out to professionals. One wanted
$8K. A repair company was willing to bridge the leaking segments with
attic runs (outside, using glycol) and install baseboard at about $600 per
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