Was curious how many of you guys, if any, have played with the newer electric wall heaters? I'm looking at the farenheat smart series:
I have a house that is roughly 900 square feet. It has a poorly installed steam system, that is way way over fired (boiler is like 130k btu), and the boiler seems to have some other issues. I have renovated the home, adding 700 additional square feet. Walls and ceiling are all insulated to 2010 energy standards including windows.
So anyhow, the home is primarily heated with wood stove. The sucker runs day and night, burning 5-6 cords per year. The oil system is to backup the stove when I'm not home, say I'm gone for 10 hours and I want to maintain 60 degrees.
I have to remove the boiler and re-do the system due to code violations anyway. Obviously I have a number of options, oil, propane, electric - forced hot water, forced air, etc. I've done some cost calculations and roughly propane and electricity are the same price per million btu's, and oil depending on the week, is a little cheaper or the same. Oil obviously needs to account for maint costs of the boiler. This is also based on the efficiencies of locally obtainable furnaces and devices, not a $5,000 mod/con boiler - aint happening.
So, I'm honestly thinking about putting one of these 2,000 watt units in each major room, and placing smaller units in the two bathrooms.
The other option is a propane fired forced hot air or water. I've priced out furnaces, duct work (or plumbing), and the initial costs are quite comparative with installing an electric unit in each room, but the labor is intense. Running ductwork in the old section of the house where the crawl space is less than 20 inches would be horrible. Even running pex/copper to support radiators wouldn't be fun.
So, who has used these units and what is your feedback?