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  • Heat Your Home?

    How would you heat your home and why?

    Forced Air? Boiler with radiators of some type? Solar? Heat Pump? Gas Pack? Corn or Wood Pellet? Outside Woodstove?

    There is no wrong answer. What's great in one area might not be practical elsewhere.

    Just learning. Thanks.


    J.C.

  • #2
    Re: Heat Your Home?

    I'm was thinking of one of those new heating systems called a moving truck.
    We have baseboard heat and a wood stove as back up or for secondary heat when it's -40 out
    they have a new product out called BIO blocks. They claim it burns better and longer than split wood.
    Rod
    MT. Washington Sewer & Drain Cleaning
    Serving Berlin, NH and North Conway, NH areas
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    • #3
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      I love ranch style homes (1 floor) so...

      I would have a Gas Boiler (Oil second choice) with Hydronic baseboards, and a air handler in the attic so my A/C could drop down.

      IMO..the best way to heat and cool a home.

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      • #4
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        air tight wood burning stove is my only source of heat up here. Just bought a cord of oak to get the winter started, will need more than a cord though.
        The Other Rick

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        • #5
          Re: Heat Your Home?

          Nat gas Forced air and a infrared back up for ice storms
          I like it about 67 deg year round

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          • #6
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            i have hot water baseboard but i dont like it with the dog hair and the way it looks .i will have hot air soon .
            the best you could have [ in my opinion ] is the big cast iron radiators ,they look nice and hold the heat .
            Charlie

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            • #7
              Re: Heat Your Home?

              I'd take CI baseboard over radiators. More pleasing ascetically and more even heat distribution around the room.
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              • #8
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                Hot water radiant tubing under the basement slab

                Cast iron upright radiators 1st and 2nd floor. Currently swapping the original rads out with fancy ones as they become available.

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                A/C unit mounted in the attic

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                • #9
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                  Nice radiators PC. My previous home (circa 1905) had radiators like those but they had been painted with a gold paint which gave them a bronze look. Had 32 of those monsters in the house. They were the low ones (about 24" high) installed under each window sill. Luckily they had never been painted as is so often done, that just creates an ongoing maintenance headache (repainting) and in my opinion reduces efficiency slightly due to multiple layers of paint accumulated over the years.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Heat Your Home?

                    Tell me about it. I spent the last 2 weekends stripping just one small bathroom radiator then had it bronzed. Huge PITA but what a difference it makes to the room.
                    I can't imagine trying that with 32 radiators

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                    • #11
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                      I am slowly "very slowly" installing radiant tubing under my subfloor.

                      100 foot installed, 2000 feet to go.
                      No, it's not rocket science, it's plumbing and unlike rocket science it requires a license.

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                      • #12
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                        If I could redo my poorly done baseboard system I would do an air to water heat pump with a propane boiler back-up and Dianorm radiators. AC or ductless split system for cooling.

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                        • #13
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                          Oil, Baseboard Radiators.

                          The house came that way. Natural gas isn't an option in my neighborhood, but even if it was it doesn't pay back to change either way.

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by cpw View Post
                            Oil, Baseboard Radiators.

                            The house came that way. Natural gas isn't an option in my neighborhood, but even if it was it doesn't pay back to change either way.
                            it would pay ,you would have to pay some one to change your heater lol
                            Charlie

                            My seek the peek fundraiser page
                            http://observatory.mountwashington.o...nal&fr_id=1040


                            http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php

                            new work pictures 12/09
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                            • #15
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                              I would use CI baseboard but that is way to expensive. Right now I have a WeilMclain Gold 3 section forced hot water boiler with a Carlin oil burner and a 80 gallon SuperStore indirect for hot water. I use about 400 gallons of oil a year in a 2500 sq ft house with 3 baths and 5 people showering everyday.
                              I have a mini split that does the AC for fist floor and an air handler in attic for second floor AC
                              Not bad for Boston area.
                              Around here there are still alot of old steam boilers that run really good. If it were still feasible steam is a great way to heat a house
                              Last edited by Heaterman; 10-24-2010, 11:55 AM.

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