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bluetrain

06:27PM | 01/15/06
Member Since: 01/14/06
2 lifetime posts
Bvhvac
I am new to this site and this board, so forgive me if this topic has already been covered...

I am considering buying a two-story, 1200-square foot condo built in 1971. It has forced-air electric heat.

I spoke to one of the neighbors (a tenant) who said that the heating system (original) in his unit is not sufficient to heat the entire unit.

I have asked the broker to find out when and if the heating system has been replaced in the unit I'm considering. My questions to the BB are:

1. Will this type of heat be incredibly expensive? I live in the Philadelphia area. The windows are doubled paned and look relatively new, but I will learn more about this.

2. If the system isn't sufficient, how large an expense would it be to upgrade/replace the system?

3. Would you shy away from a unit with this type of system?

I have mainly lived in older places with oil or gas heat(rentals). The one condo I owned was in a large building, and my heat (gas) was maintained as part of the condo fee. This is the first time I'd own a heating system.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Billhart

02:08PM | 01/16/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
In my area, Kansas City, the incremental rate for the 8 "winter" months is about 3.4 cents per kWh.

And if it is electric heat then there is an addtional 10% discount.

When I computed it last year even resistive heat was competative with NG. That was before the run up of gas.

And there are a number of different summer/winter rates, demand rates, off peak rates, etc that the only meaningfull thing to check YOUR SPECIFIC rates.

And the "forced-air electric heat" might just be a heat pump with resistive aux heat.

The person really needs to find out specifically what they have.


bluetrain

06:03PM | 01/17/06
Member Since: 01/14/06
2 lifetime posts
Thank you both for your helpful replies. I am still not sure if I'll make an offer, but I am not ruling it out. The next step is to call the electric company and find out what the winter (and year-round) electric bills have been the past couple of years for that unit. I will report back...Thanks again.
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