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mikvg99

04:52AM | 05/28/04
Member Since: 05/27/04
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My wife and I are about to purchase a home with an old (40+yrs) oil boiler. It is our understanding that a replacement will cost us about $3500 (hopefully the sellers will kick some in). I also understand that a new furnace would cost about $2500. The home is a ranch with a full basement.

Would it be more cost effective to convert to a forced air furnace rather than keeping the baseboard boiler system? In the future, we may like to put central air in the house.

Thanks,

Mike

BV002872

11:10PM | 12/28/13
did you get any replies on this subject I was wondering what you decided to do and how did it work out in your opinion?

Duane, Moderator

10:38PM | 12/29/13
Member Since: 11/14/13
87 lifetime posts
Mike,
There are several reasons to keep a boil, and several reasons to convert to forced air.
Depending on what part of the country you live in can have a impact on your decision.
Hot water boilers offer a moist even heat, Natural gas is recommended if it is available in your area. You will need to add a separate AC system, or if you are Climate zone 4 or further south you can install a boiler with a heat pump system and use a duel fuel thermostat, this will unable you to use the heat pump above roughly 40 degrees and up and the boiler below that.
If you decide to get ride of the boiler and go with forced air ( gas or oil) you will also consider installing a humidifier and a good air cleaner. Either way having a load calculation professionally done by a qualified Hvac contractor is recommended.

I hope this helps.
Duane
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Sylvan

08:19PM | 01/02/14
Member Since: 01/24/06
1566 lifetime posts
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Scorched air heating is the worse possible choice as air is an insulator (remember there is air between lays of window glass)

Hot air is amazing for giving people the hospital dry cough and air does not hold the heat as comfortably as steam or hydronics.

On a really cold day most hot air applications require some type of supplemental heating and their efficiency is close to zero when compared to other types of applications
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