Could someone tell me about baseboard heating? We are going to need a new heating system. We currently have forced-air heating and airconditioning (gas pack) which uses DUCTWORK to distribute the warm and cool air throughout the house. Well, let me tell you there's nothing nastier than ductwork, and it doesn't matter what kind of furnace filters you use. All the dust, dust mites, dirt, mold and particulates of dead-critter carcasses (roaches, lizards, etc.) which accumulates in ductwork, just continues to be recycled and recirculated around and around through the ductwork and back into your living space. Achoo! Homes with ductwork are perpetually dusty.
I want to get rid of the ductwork and go ductless baseboard for heating and use window units for airconditioning.
Years ago when I lived in Idaho, I rented a house with baseboard heating. I never paid much attention to it at the time but I remember it was always comfortable and there was never any dust in the home. I think it was a hydronic (hot water) system, as I can recall seeing somekind of boiler in the utility room.
I live in a temperate climate where baseboard heating (except for new homes being built) is not very popular. There are no contractors who install baseboard heating in this town but there are some in a city about 150 miles away which are installing baseboard heating in new homes in smaller towns in the region.
I'd like some personal opinions about the matter before I contact a contractor. I've looked around on the net and of course all the manufacturers say it's just wonderful (and it may be, compared to forced-air). But I'd like to hear from actual homeowners who have had experience with baseboard heating. I understand the installation is expensive but the heating bill is no higher than any other kind of heat.
Would surely appreciate any comments.