Hot Water Heating System in older house
Help!!!!! Hubby and I are looking at 57 yr old house, ranch style, no basement, has hot water heating system. We don't know anything about this type of heating system.........entire house is ran by electricity, no gas hooked up to it. This is in Michigan and we do have cold winters. How efficient are hot water/baseboard finned-tube distribution of heat? Will it keep the house comfortable day and night? Will I run out of hot water when doing dishes, running dishwasher, the clothes washer or taking baths or showers? Also can a central A/C system be hooked up to this type of heating system system? We love the house but are reluctant to buy without finding out more about this type of system. Hubby said it would be too costly to replace the heating system with natural gas furnace.........it would mean having natural gas hooked up to house <which is available on this street> and then ripping out all the baseboard fin-tubing and cutting new holes for heatducts and having to add the ductwork in a crawlspace since there is no basement. Lovely neighborhood, beautiful old brick house, well taken care of, but never updated from 1951.