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Old 07-25-2011, 04:04 PM
Bryan Ekers Bryan Ekers is offline
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Natural gas heating options for basement

We're excavating and plan to finish the basement of a duplex. Currently, the basement is heated with a few scattered electrical radiators (as is the entire building), but we're considering a central system to heat the basement and first floor, since the basement ceiling is completely open and accessible:

1. Electric air furnace with transits to heat the first floor. Pro: no need to get a gas hookup. Con: should I replace the 100-amp entry with a 200?

2. Natural Gas furnace with first-floor transits.

3. Natural gas boiler with radiant heat for to-be-installed basement floor. Steam radiators for first floor?

Does there exist a combination boiler/furnace that will allow us to gas-heat water for a radiant basement floor and use hot-air transits for the first floor? I'd like to get rid of the numerous first-floor basement heaters without having to replace them with radiators.


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