U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New York > Long Island
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 09-26-2012, 12:10 PM
 
1,101 posts, read 2,509,553 times
Reputation: 1035

Advertisements

I don't know if this is the right place for this question, but I'll ask anyway. I'm looking at a couple condos advertised as having gas hot air heating. However, in the basements of each, in addition to what appears to be the hot air furnace and AC, there is also a regular gas boiler with two zones. The boiler is positioned directly next to the hot water heater. I don't understand why there are two systems. Could the house have radiant hot water floor heating in certain places? There are no baseboards in any of the rooms, just the usual vents. In other hot air homes, I've seen only the hot air HVAC unit and the hot water heater, but no additional boiler.

Also, I would appreciate any comments on gas hot air heat in general. I'm used to hot water heating, which I'm told is better. I also understand that gas hot air should have a humidifier on it.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 09-26-2012, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Suffolk County
827 posts, read 2,885,067 times
Reputation: 279
I have gas forced hot air and I think it's terrible! It's drying and it doesn't even work well when the ductwork goes to the longest part of the house from the furnace. I'm not a fan at all. I grew up with hot water baseboard heating and there's a huge differnece. While it looks a lot nicer not to have the baseboard heating b/c it's ugly, it does work much better than the forced hot air. I can't tell you about the boiler thing b/c I don't know. In my house I have the gas furnace and you see all the ductwork spread out to each room, and I have a separate hot water heater next to it. I also have an Aprilaire humidfier hooked up to the gas furnace. YOu need that with forced hot air b/c it's so drying! However, even with that hooked up to the furnace, it still gets very dry in my house. I wake up with sore throat and stuffy nose almost every moring in the winter time...and if you sit on my couch and then get up to touch something, you ALWAYS get shocked. If you could find a house with baseboard heating, much better..however I know a lot of houses have the forced hot air. I've been quoted $8k to convert my ranch house to baseboard...that's with a new furnace too. I recently heard about hydronic forced hot air heating...I'm thinking of just doing that if the furnace goes. It's original with the house. The baseboard is too much $$. As much as I would love to do it. Good luck and sorry I couldn't help you with the boiler question.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-26-2012, 01:46 PM
 
79 posts, read 211,094 times
Reputation: 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by longislander2 View Post
I don't know if this is the right place for this question, but I'll ask anyway. I'm looking at a couple condos advertised as having gas hot air heating. However, in the basements of each, in addition to what appears to be the hot air furnace and AC, there is also a regular gas boiler with two zones. The boiler is positioned directly next to the hot water heater. I don't understand why there are two systems. Could the house have radiant hot water floor heating in certain places? There are no baseboards in any of the rooms, just the usual vents. In other hot air homes, I've seen only the hot air HVAC unit and the hot water heater, but no additional boiler.

Also, I would appreciate any comments on gas hot air heat in general. I'm used to hot water heating, which I'm told is better. I also understand that gas hot air should have a humidifier on it.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
Without seeing to confirm, that property has a hot water boiler that provides hot water to fan coils that are on the air handlers. That type of setup will provide better heating than a gas furnace as it tends not to dry out the air.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-27-2012, 12:21 PM
 
5,822 posts, read 11,672,290 times
Reputation: 3746
Ditto to mikepipe.

In normal people language...a boiler makes heating water and hot water. The hot domestic water goes to a tank. The heating water is pumped thru a coil within the duct system when there is a need heat. The heat is delivered to the room by the duct.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New York > Long Island
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top