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sandyman720 01-17-2008 06:58 AM

Gas vs. Electric heat?
Hello All,

I am planning to put in central a/c and forced air heat into my home (I have window units and hot water baseboard now (Oil Burner)).

When I look into getting the unit for the basement, should I be looking at gas furnaces or electric. Just wondering what the pro's and con's are of each.


NateHanson 01-17-2008 07:18 AM

What is your electric rate? Unless it's very low (like well under 10 cents per kwh) you'll save a lot of money with a gas furnace.

bigMikeB 01-17-2008 06:10 PM

I would never in my life tell anyone to go from hotwater heat to hot air. The best jobs in the world are hotwater, the cheapest is scorched air. The pros and cons are endless. Allergies, hot air is bad. Comfort, hot air is bad, it has no residual your heating air while the burner is on and that's it, when you heat water it stays warm and has some mass to it. Add an a/c system, maybe get an upgrade on the boiler. If you go to hot air you will regret it in the end for many many reasons. Ask any one that has it, or better yet any one that has switched.

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