Replacing baseboard heat

homeimprovementdivaJanuary 5, 2009

Has anyone ever replaced a baseboard heat system with ductwork for forced air/ac or geothermal?

We were orginally going to build new house but with the high building costs even during this economic time we are thinking of buying an existing home and fixing it up. We noticed most capes we look at have baseboard heat and we want central air so we were going to put in forced air or something if we have to put ductwork in anyway. I'm trying to find out if it's possible and what the cost is as well as pro's and con's. I'm not sure if baseboards are electric or hot water cause we haven't gotten to look at house yet (one in particular that we found). Is there any good points to keeping baseboard heat?

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If the baseboards are hot-water radiator, most people would say that's better than forced air--more consistent heat and no draftiness/blowing. Quieter too.

I don't know geothermal, but I would think that it would work really well with hot-water radiators, since all you need is a heat exchanger for the water.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2009 at 12:57PM
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The biggest hurdle in converting to forced air would be, do you have the space to run ducts up thru the first floor to the second floor. Then, How can you distribute the air to each room on the second floor, will you tear up floors or tear up ceilings below?

    Bookmark   January 6, 2009 at 9:20AM
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I agree that baseboard heat is optimal, especially if the baseboards are hot water radiators. They are highly efficient and provide consistent heat. Retrofitting ductwork for central AC involves a lot of idiosyncratic technical issues. You will need a competent contractor to look over the place and give you an opinion on how-to and the cost.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2009 at 5:44PM
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