Replacing Radiant Baseboard for Forced Air
I’ve got a 90 year old house, in New Jersey, that at some stage had radiant baseboard fitted. Its been very reliable works well but I notice in winter that my house is continually dusty and part of the house have high humidity so ……………… I’m thinking about replacing it for a forced air solution.
My logic is simple – I want to get fresh air exchange, a dehumidifier solution, and a multizone HVAC solution (right now AC is single zone). Its also time for me to replace my gas boiler (which is a 7k cost). I already have AC in the house but I need some duct work done to free up my attic so I can have a home office – which means about 5-10k of work as well.
However, I’ve spoken to multiple HVAC pros and they are suggesting two things:
– Don’t remove the radiant heat as its the best! I don’t get this – a friend just built a high end house from scratch and they went with forced air .. so my view is that the 2020 solution to the problem is different that the 1970’s solution. We now have ducted minisplit systems that seem like I could have one of the control units for each floor but no one is interested in that.
– Add some additional mini splits to cover the basement, which has no AC, and the buy some dehumidifiers to handle the bad spots in winter.
Am I just wasting my time thinking I should have a better option where I can get one solution to do it all?