coalnewbie wrote:As spoken from the tropics of MD. So the MD moderator says hydronics and yet the NJ moderator uses hot air..... Follow the moderators as they are the illuminati.... Another PA moderator (that winged predator from the Poconos) uses a 507 and B&T floor vents and is rebuilding a 100 year old gorgeous mica blaster stove.... The VA moderator uses a stove too ... rectums, rectums, rectums. Psst, 60F is not survival....
Ah, on the contrary my friend. My main heat is the fully radiant VC Vigilant II 2310! The oil furnace makes up the difference at the usage rate of ~ 100 gal of #2 a year. Just refilled the tank after 2.5 years back in June. The radiant stove on the first floor does us well but our house has a huge foyer that easily moves heat to the second floor rooms as needed (door-stats
) and minimal headers impeding the movement of hot air on the first floor. The rooms we frequent are comfortable enough but there are some cold spots. I love the radiant heat from the Vig II. I'd never dissuade someone from going that route but for real comfort, I agree with Coalkirk. Whole house systems are the goal if there aren't other limitations such as space and budget.
If I took that 100 gal/year money and put it toward hooking up a furnace to my hot add ducts, I could have paid for the install several times over. But by simply running the hand fed on the first floor, over the years the savings has been immense
My plan is to upgrade. I haven't been able to do the upgrade but after seeing LL's 110 furnace/SWG Powervent/new Coal-Trol system, I'm convinced that is the way to go for my system. I figure that the savings in running oil-only would pay for the system in less than two years. I'm game!