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Convert from basebaord to Forced air cost?

ALH_4 Member Posts: 1,790
I assume this is electric baseboard? Depending on the electric rate and whether he has an electric water heater as well, it might pay to retrofit to a hot water system with an indirect water heater.


  • Oscar
    Oscar Member Posts: 2

    I just bought a home it's 1570sqf ranch with cawl space and it has base board heating and I want to convert to forced air and with a/c what price should I look for and or what are m other options thans?
  • Brad White
    Brad White Member Posts: 2,398
    That is like wanting to

    set fire to your hair while standing naked in the town square. You can do it if you like but most people would recommend against it.

    Simply, what you have now for heat (hydronic heat as a type) is probably the most economical, flexible and above all "zoneable" heat you can imagine. You can add radiant, leave it as it is, break off rooms to be on their own control...

    With warm air you can do all that (except for the radiant part) at some expense and have about the same or less than you have now.

    If it is AC you want, why not consider a high velocity aspiration system such as Unico or SpacePak?

    As a rule we do not discuss price in this forum but for the best value, I say, "keep what you have and work with it" and make your AC a separate system. Why rip out what you have assuming it works?

    Within the "work with what you have" on the heating side, you also have options. If the boiler needs replacing, a new one can be more efficient and sized to reflect insulation measures for example.
    "If you do not know the answer, say, "I do not know the answer", and you will be correct!"

    -Ernie White, my Dad
  • Joe Brix
    Joe Brix Member Posts: 626
    You're probably

    going to put in a split duct system with all the ductwork,
    supplies and returns in the ceiling. Great for AC: cold
    air drops, hot air rises into the returns. But lousy for heating. Keep the BB.
  • Brian_18
    Brian_18 Member Posts: 94

    Many years ago, I took my house in the opposite direction. Ditched the hot air for fin tube baseboard & now have added radiant in a number of areas. Our comfort level is improved, and heating costs are down. As for A/C, put in an energy efficient high velocity system, and have the best of both worlds.
  • Brad White
    Brad White Member Posts: 2,398
    That is a sane

    question to ask, Andrew. Good on you.
    "If you do not know the answer, say, "I do not know the answer", and you will be correct!"

    -Ernie White, my Dad
  • Oscar
    Oscar Member Posts: 2

    Well thanks guy's I am going to look into thatac system you talk about.
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