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BB heat - opinions please #57623
10/17/05 07:46 PM
10/17/05 07:46 PM
derater  Offline OP
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 179
As an alternative to replacing forced air funace a landlord wants me to install BB heat.Will require app. 45', on a 100a service, w/ range,hot water,dryer already there.General lighting / receptacle load modest.Feedback please, thanks.

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Re: BB heat - opinions please #57624
10/17/05 09:06 PM
10/17/05 09:06 PM
Redsy  Offline
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 2,056
Bucks County PA

45' @ 1kW per 4'= 11.25 kW.
11,250 / 240 volts = 46.875 amps.

Sounds like a service upgrade to me.

Re: BB heat - opinions please #57625
10/18/05 02:35 AM
10/18/05 02:35 AM
Tesla  Offline
Joined: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,273
Sacramento, CA
I would recommend looking at a heat pump system. They provide airconditioning in the summer and heat in the winter. You should be able to get more rent with an airconditioned unit.

If the ducts are already there, the cost may be quite tractable. Further, many areas provide tax and utility breaks. For example a direct rebate on a hefty percentage of the capital cost as a direct tax credit or a tax write off.

Since it might be catagorized as a repair the whole thing might be immediately deducted. Check with a pro on that.

Baseboard heat would never be construed as a repair, nor would it get any of the above tax breaks.

A modern heat pump might eliminate the need for a service upgrade. And you known that the owner would kick over it. Hooking up a heat pump is as if it were an airconditioner.

Re: BB heat - opinions please #57626
10/18/05 07:07 AM
10/18/05 07:07 AM
Redsy  Offline
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 2,056
Bucks County PA

Around the Northeast, heat pumps often have a 10 kW backup resistance heater.

Where are you located, derater?

Re: BB heat - opinions please #57627
10/18/05 11:36 AM
10/18/05 11:36 AM
gfretwell  Offline

Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,184
Heat pumps only make sense where there is a fairly temperate climate. If you are too far north it ends up running on the toaster wire heat all the time. Down here in southern Florida the heating season is not long enough to justify the additional hardware cost.

Greg Fretwell


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