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Last Post on January 22, 2008
@ January 22, 2008 3:48 PM in Remodel: Forced air or radiant baseboards?Chas, What brand of radiator did you use? I think it may be worth the money up front....
@ January 22, 2008 11:42 AM in Remodel: Forced air or radiant baseboards?I need to install a new heating system to my 2000 sq ft house in Albuquerque, NM. Currently there is forced air with ducts in the slab. The ducts are disintegrating, and as a bonus we have radon seeping up through them too. So, since my house is one story, flat roof, no crawl-space, I have the following options: 1. Install a new forced-air packaged unit (heat and cooling) on the roof with new ducts. The quotes run from $17k-$25k. 2. Install gas boiler and hydronic baseboard radiant panels (SlantFin), and probably an evaporative cooler on the roof. The quotes for the heating run from $10k-$15k. So my questions are: 1. I assume the house will be more comfortable with baseboard? 2. Is it more economical to use radiant heat compared to forced air, assuming the boiler and the furnace have similar efficiency ratings? 3. The $10k quote for the radiant installation had an option (+ $3500) to upgrade to a high efficiency Buderus (94%) 105,000BTU boiler. The quote includes a Weil-McLain CGa (83%). Is it worth the extra money for the 11% improvement? 4. Any opinions on the SlantFin baseboards (Fine Line 30). 5. Any suggestions on integrating this with solar or other renewable energy sources? Thanks for your time!