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Old 10-28-2007, 07:34 PM   #1
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Need advise Hot water heat vs steam heat

Hi guys, I am looking towards changing my heating system to hot water heat. Looking for pros and cons on both systems. I know hot water heating system is more efficeint. Thanks, also what goods brands are out there?
Okay, let me word this a little better:
I got quotes on a replacing the steam boiler ($4000.00)
Replacing the steam boiler, with hot water boiler and installing baseboards throughout the house ($6,500.00) 1,600sq feet house.


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Old 10-30-2007, 10:29 PM   #2
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Hot water boilers have a couple of advantages over steam in my opinion. Probably the formost is that you can adjust the water tempurature to match the outdoor air tempuratures allowing you to only heat the water to the temp you need to heat the house at differing outdoor temps. (This can be done automatically with the right outdoor air tempurature recorrect controller)The hot water rads are easy to control and often less troublesome than steam traps and avoid some return problems in older gravity sytems. The downside with either system as I see it is no option for A/C. Just an opinion.



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