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Old 05-30-2013, 06:13 PM   #1
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We live in a 1460 sft slip level home with no duct work. We have electric baseboard heat that is killing us because our electric bill in the winter can reach as high as $1000. We do have a basement but again no duct work. Does anyone have any suggestions for a new heating system that will drastically reduce the cost of our electric bill.

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Old 05-30-2013, 06:18 PM   #2
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The main issue is fuel source: Gas is best. Then comes oil.
A compromise is heat pump (reverse air conditioning) if it doesn't get too cold there.

To use anything other than what you have will require the installation of either duct work or pipes (plus the equipment).

Do you have a spare $10,000 or so to spend on the project?

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Wow...brutal.

Where is the home located, insulation levels, layout, etc?

Best thing to do is start by improving the home's usage of energy and then look at the retrofits.
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Do you have a spare $10,000 or so to spend on the project?
She would if she wasn't paying so much to heat the house!

Sherry,

Check this out:

http://www.eia.gov/neic/experts/heatcalc.xls

It lets you calculate the cost of gas, propane, oil, heat pump, etc to see which is cheaper for your locality.
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#1 Please go back and add your location to your profile, very important with questions like this.
Just go to quick links to edit.
How old is this house?
Old single paned windows?
Any insulation?
House ever been air sealed?
No matter what system you install it's going to be expencive to run without addressing the big picture.
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hot water baseboard with propane if natural gas isn't around
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hot water baseboard with propane if natural gas isn't around
That's what I was thinking. Around here fuel oil is the the absolute worst cost wise. Propane is in much wider use where NG is unavailable. A heat pump with propane back up may be a good option if you want forced air so you can also have central AC.

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