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Old 10-05-2009, 01:05 PM
 
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Which one do you prefer?
Please give pros and cons. I currently have baseboard and have no complains. But I most newer houses have force air.
Is it more expensive to run force air heating than baseboard?
Is force air as efficient and baseboard heating?
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:06 PM
 
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Any one with Asthma can tell me if force air heating makes it worse?
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:21 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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All new houses (except for very high quality expensive houses) come with Forced hot air heat which makes it cheaper to install the central air system.
Tho obsolute best heat is hot water cast iron baseboard which is also the most expensive and is why builders don't use it in this area.
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Toms River, NJ
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If you go with forced hot air, you want to have a humidifier attached. The forced hot air is very drying.
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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the forced hot air is awful, my hands and nose bleed in the winter.

if you have baseboard in place, probably easiest to leave it. unless you already have central A/C, youc an hook the hot air up to the existing A/c ducts.

i think the new condensing forced hot air furnaces actually put water into the air (?).
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:21 AM
 
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I wouldn't convert it unless you have reasons to convert it like you want central air or your furnace is shot. In terms of heating, IMO, forced air really should be the choice. I think all heating sources have their own specific drawbacks. Forced air is probably most efficient and least expensive, get a humidifer installed professionally on the furnace (don't try to do this yourself) and it will offset the dryness that people experience with forced air. Your house needs good windows, though, regardless of the heating source. People buy new homes and get builders grade windows and then wonder why it is drafty in winter.
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:32 AM
 
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In terms of money... Which one is more economical to run?
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:49 AM
 
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I've had baseboard heat pipes freeze twice on me. If I had a choice, I would go with forced hot air.

Baseboard isn't that moist either; I still get nose bleeds in the winter.
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:55 AM
 
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In terms of money... Which one is more economical to run?
I'm not an expert but I believe forced air is the most economical of the choices.
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:25 AM
 
Location: NJ
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We have the old cast iron baseboard heaters. Our home inspector said they are great because once they heat up they continue to release heat even after the furnace has cycled off.
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