I have a 1970's built 1200 Sq ft Ranch. I live between Binghamton and Albany NY. At the present time I have basboard electric heat that I wish to replace. I have looked at HW baseboard, w/oil boiler Burnham MPO, and Forced air w/Propane furnace Tappan and central air. I would also like to size system to heat basement, which I plan on finishing. I plan on staying in the home for 3-5 years and would like to increase it's value. I thought that adding Central Air would be helpful, although it may get used at the most for 2 months. I realize that there is a comfort gain with hot water baseboard, but the cost of equipment and piping is significantly higher than the other. I have prior experience with both hot water heat and forced air in different homes. Depending on the day I can talk myself into and out of forced air and then hot water. My wife is from North Carolina and after going through a warm summer for the north east last summer she is not thrilled about the window AC units that we used. I am looking for some good common sense suggestions, plus and minus for the two types of heat and any thoughts on Propane vs Oil. I do have a masonary chimney that presently serves a wood stove in the basement so any additional cost for venting is not an issue.
[Edited by pboerschlein on 06-14-2006 at 10:48 PM]