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need advice: have baseboards, replace oil boiler vs. elec water heater vs. ...?
After researching options for days I am more confused than ever what is the best way to go.
I upgraded the upstairs of my house to have new heating and cooling. The downstairs heating was using baseboard hot water heating via an oil boiler, which also supplied the hot water to both levels.
The oil boiler has died and it is not at all obvious to me which of the various directions to go.
Since the house has PV solar panels that produce way more electricity than I need, I would prefer to switch to electric heat and hot water, but have not found any electric water heaters that seem like they will produce hot enough water to run the baseboards (I am in southern CT).
I would put in separate water heaters for space and water heating if I have to (better than buying another oil boiler).
I have not found any tankless systems that seem like they will work.
I have only found combi units that run on gas (would getting a tank for gas make sense?).
I am also considering replacing the baseboards with 5 wall mounted electric convection heaters but expect that the cost to wire new circuit for them would make that an expensive option.
It would take weeks, at least, to learn all I would need to learn to properly digest my options and figure out the best path.
I would greatly appreciate advice from your sage members, as my family has had no hot water for 10 days now.
The lower unit has 76 feet of baseboards.
House has two bathrooms, 5 people.