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I am interested in purchasing an electric furnace to replace an oil-
fired system for hot water baseboard radiation.
I have come across the brand name Monitron as a replacement...But I
have also heard that the Monitron only works well with an in-floor
I have considered an air-source heat pump at about $10,000 vs a
Monitron electric furnace at about $3000 ...full install for both
I have a 2000sf house....NL Power numbers indicate approx $1000/YR for
heat pump and $1800/YR for electric hot water furnace.
All experiences good or bad welcome.
At $1.06 and rising heating with furnace oil is quickly becoming a
thing of the past!!
Not sure why one kind of electric water heater (cos that's what an
electric furnace is) would be better for in floor heating? Surely heat
is 'heat'; unles one brand has better/or different pumps to push the
heated water around the in-floor piping and/or existing 'radiant'
baseboard heaters or older style radiators? But there are a lot of
heating myths around!
Air source heat pumps have certain advantages and disadvantages one
hears; particularly that in very cold windy weather extra electric
heat is needed anyway!
And $10,000 will buy a lot of oil??? Maybe a thrree to five year
supply? Also it is spent gradually as needed; whereas a $10,000
'heating job' must be paid/financed up front! One has heard of five to
eight year 'paybacks' for heat pump replacements for oil furnaces
In ground heat pumps are said to be more expensive again; but more
efficient? Maybe $15,000 to $20,000???
Probably need to do some comparative cost studies based on the OPs