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Direct Vent VS Chimney Vent
My house has rather nasty electric baseboard heat. I bought it knowing darn well I was going to replace it with forced hot water radiant (oil) heat. I have a single chimney up the center of the house, and a nice wood stove in the living room. Now.. I just had one contractor tell me that I would have to remove the wood stove to vent up the chimney, or go with an alternate direct vent boiler. Another contractor told me its perfectly fine the way it is, and they can put in a regular boiler.
I'm confused.. any suggestions on how I can determine what is true myself? I don't want contractor #2 venting into the path of my wood stove and risk exhaust from coming into the house. I may be on the wrong path here too.. can anyone enlighten me?
More info.. their quotes were nearly identical for this layout. Also the house isn't that large.. 1 zone plus hot water is adequate. Open house design lets heat rise easily to the bedrooms. Only two of us now, so i'm going to skip the Vaughn-S40C tank. If we have more than 1 kid, I can have it installed.
Peerless WV-DV (vent out the wall)
Tankless hot water
Boiler in basement
Wood stove isn't an issue here.
Fine/Line 15 baseboard
Peerless WBV/WV (vent up the chimney)
Tankless hot water
Wood stove on main floor
Boiler in basement.
Waiting for him to come by and quote.
I hear he works with Buderus or Veissman boilers.
P.S. Both contractors are nearly the same in price.. I care more about a proper and well done job, and a heating system i'll be comfortable with. The extra bucks to ensure that are well worth it. Lowest price isn't necessarily the best deal.