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Old 01-31-2011, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Philly
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Hi! I am currently living in central NJ, and have the possibility to relocate to Philly. From the discussions in the forum I have a good idea of neighborhoods, so I started looking houses online, ideally an old 4 bedroom. I then realized that heating in many is by electrical baseboard. Very few have forced air (the usual thing here in NJ). Also some quote water heater as electrical too! I know it is a "Duh!" moment, I should have expected this in old houses. I am now concerned with the monthly heating bill. Can someone share their experience? Also, any advise what to look for in this regard? Thanks!!
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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old 4 bedroom home with all electric heat? Oh boy are you gonna be walking around with heavy jackets on inside. This bill may kill you.. How big is the home?.. BTW we had forced air in Philly. Its very common. I have no idea who told you otherwise.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Yeah, seconding what frank said, I have forced air as well - and actually have never had forced air anywhere but Philadelphia. I like it a lot. I would think you could easily avoid electric baseboard heating if you wanted to - as the opposite of what you said is much more likely to be true: they are more common in new houses, and houses that were renovated recently, as opposed to older homes built before they were invented.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Phila
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We have forced air heat (gas) in an old home. First winter here and we are shocked at the utility bill and the house isn't even toasty. Old windows are also a factor and we don't even have a fireplace, which is unusual.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:39 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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great point raincoat. forced air was 1950's on.. Before it was hot water radiators.. Mostly newer homes have electric baseboard heating.


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Yeah, seconding what frank said, I have forced air as well - and actually have never had forced air anywhere but Philadelphia. I like it a lot. I would think you could easily avoid electric baseboard heating if you wanted to - as the opposite of what you said is much more likely to be true: they are more common in new houses, and houses that were renovated recently, as opposed to older homes built before they were invented.
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Philly
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Thaks for the comments! You all give me hope that I will find forced air heating if I just look a bit more. Yep, the house I was thinking of was recently renovated, and is perhaphouses s an example of what FamousBlueRaincoat says.
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