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honest question, steam or furnace?
so long story short, the installer of my boiler was an idiot, and now I'm paying for his stupidness.
the boiler I have is 238,000 BTUs, and my house in all honesty is like 112,000 BTUs. so my understanding is that i am just wasting gas and possibly short cycling.
so I'm in an impasse where I need to make a decision.
I'll be honest, I love steam heat. i would love to keep it but i need to replace my boiler, change the piping (since its like 50 years old and tons of rust everywhere) and i need to solve the air conditioning situation, (mini split/spacepak)
so i have the option to change it to a good old fashion furnace, which would have the AC and heat part.
the main question I have for you guys, would you recommend continuing with steam heat and replace all the pipes? (my house is mostly in studs now, so I have the chance to do this) (I have a few radiators that are in bad shape that needs replacing as well)
or do you recommend just go with furnace?
the issue is 1.) boiler install, replace pipe + space pak or mini split = 2 new furnace.
going with furnace just means any cookie cutter furnace guy can take a look and possibly fix, and since its so popular it will make the house "modern" or whatever. and 10 year warranty.
going with steam, I would need to replace the pipes and get a new boiler and get a space pak or a mini split air conditioning system. (the knock on steam is simple, finding good boiler guys are hard to find, the real good ones are all dead.) maybe a few years of warranty.
can i get an honest answer as to which i should go with? PS the steam system is the best when it comes to comfortable heat. i love it, but since my first installer was such a douche, now I have to rethink about what i should be doing.
any help would be appreciated. i know you all love steam, but i need to know what u guys think one should do. thanks