I'm looking for reputable contractors for sale/installation/service of a hot water baseboard or similar system in the Portland, Oregon area. It is time to replace the furnace for the main house and so I need to look at what my options are. The later portions of my house have electric baseboard heat that I want to replace. The main house has ductwork. I've had forced air contractors in but the forced air guys don't recommend trying to add ductwork to the additional areas and have recommended some combination of electric baseboard, gas fireplace, or mini-split ductless.
It occurs to me that some sort of hot water baseboard might also be an option. But in Portland, OR, the local gas provider (NW Natural) seems to recommend contractors who do furnaces not boilers. Can anyone speak to why the Pacific NW doesn't typically use boilers and/or offer up the name of a good contractor who installs them?