Radiators vs. Forced Air
We are in the process of converting an old oil boiler to a natural gas system in a relatively small 1500sqft cape style house. We are trying to decide whether to keep our hot water radiators, or switch to forced air. We already have a central air conditioner, so it would be cheaper to use air by just adding a furnace to the air system. However, I have heard from many that radiators are the "best" heat source.
We are looking for a 90-95% high efficiency system either way, and the option for forced air is a modulating btu/fan speed system with a direct intake from outdoors. The technician who quotes us explained that the common criticism of forced air being dry and drafty would be mitigated by having a system like this. He also explained that potential problems with water circulation would not be a concern with forced air.
I grew up with a forced air system (granted this was 15 years ago and not a high-tech system like this), and it is indeed dry and dusty. Can anyone recommend whether we should stick to hot water or switch to forced air? Thanks!
Tags for this Thread