We have unfisnshed basement playarea for the kids. I would like to
know pepole think Q-Mark brand of baseboard heaters (25408nw) the local
heattiing and cooling company wants $675 for it and intalltation. have
found on the web just over $350 was think of doing it myself.
I would go with a wall heater vs. baseboard it takes up less space and
having a fan is able to heat up a room quicker. most have thermostat and
mutlispeed fans so you can heat a room quickly or put it on low for silent
operation. You will also save about $ 100.00.
I used to have baseboard heat and disliked how much space it took up. Found
out about them when I built a 4 season sun room and needed a heater for it.
Replaced the baseboard heater in the bedroom with on and I was sold.
You can buy dimplex 1500 watt bb heaters for approx $30 and a dp t-stat for
$15 at Home Depot. Add a double pole breaker and some 10-12 guage wire and
your looking at < $100.
1500 watts should heat approx 200sqft or 300 if well insulated.
OP did not ask for an energy price comparison. Gas here is more than
electric especially when zone heating. ie: I pay approx $200/yr to heat
with bb heaters vs $1200-1500 for the average home centrally heated with
Only is you have subsidised electric at apx .04kwh are you near equal to
gas. I pay ,125kwh , a US norm so electric is way more in cost. Remember
gas-oil-coal-nuclear generates electricity, it is secondary therby cost
is much greater. Gas is presently cheapest.
On Sat, 22 Jan 2005 05:49:59 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org (m Ransley)
Once again webtv wannabe trailer hack boy who has never worked on hvac
equipment, you are TOTALLY wrong. Remember, its a big wide world out
there. Gas is NOT the cheapest you idiot. But then, maybe in your
trailer propane corner of the world it is.
I must have missed the part where he/she asked which was cheaper. I agree
that a small forced air electric in wall or wall mount is the way to go.
FWIW I live in Wash state and pay aprox $0.05kwh.
What does experience in working on HVAC equipment have to do with
local heating costs?
You might be fixing their equipment but you are not paying their
You also have no idea on the costs in the poster's area, despite the
fact that you might work inthe HVAC trade.
Here in New England, electric costs exceed $.15/KWH with rate
increases currently before the utility commissions.
With the current price of home heating oil average around $1.90/gallon
here in New England, natural gas is currently the cheapest way to go.
With around 50% of the folks in New England, heating with #2 fuel oil,
many folks are really getting squeezed by their heating bills.
Thus in New England, New York and New Jersey, heating costs are ranked
as follows from most expensive to least:
3. Fuel oil
4. Pellet stoves
5. Natural gas
6. Wood (only if you disregard the value of your own labor)
The problem is that natural gas here in New England exists only in the
central cities. Many suburban areas or towns with less than 15,000
people don't have gas pipelines.
Folks who live in areas with subsidized electric power or electric
power generated by hydro means, have a real bargain.
Thanks for the site. I've been trying to decide on Gas or Elec HW.
our gas prices on Vanc Island are higher than the mainland, so looks
like elec HW is the way to go.
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