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    Self-contained hydronic baseboard heat vs forced hot air

    What is the real cost difference to operate self contained hydronic baseboard heaters vs a 95% efficient gas furnace?

    Also what are the real performance differences?

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    Self contained? If you are referring to traditional baseboard versus forced air there are several factors but generally if designed correctly they are essentially identical however hydronic is generally more comfortable.
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    By self contained... I mean a hydronic baseboard heater that does not require a separate boiler and plumbing run to each heater.

    I know standard electric baseboard heaters are not efficient and would cost significantly more to run when compared to a 95% forced air gas furnace.

    I want to know how much more efficient are the self contained hydronic heaters. They look nice and sound like they perform well, but if cost to operate will be much greater' than I may rethink my plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomwk View Post
    By self contained... I mean a hydronic baseboard heater that does not require a separate boiler and plumbing run to each heater.

    I know standard electric baseboard heaters are not efficient and would cost significantly more to run when compared to a 95% forced air gas furnace.

    I want to know how much more efficient are the self contained hydronic heaters. They look nice and sound like they perform well, but if cost to operate will be much greater' than I may rethink my plan.
    All electric heaters cost the same per BTU of heat.
    Much more than gas.
    Aire Serv of SW Connecticut- Gas heat, dual fuel and central a/c systems installed and serviced

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