I have discovered one of the cheapest ways to heat every room of a house, without having to compromise in personal comfort. In talking to a friend of mine who is renovating his condo, I found out that sometimes the old, basic ways really are the best. His condo is an older model that was originally equipped with an older model heat pump. This unit does not work to heat a home when the temperature falls below 40 degrees. This is basically useless to my friend then, since our winters are constantly below 40 degrees and can last for up to eight months and sometimes even longer. Though heat pumps have come a long way since this was model was installed, he still doesn’t want to go through the process of a whole new one. Besides, the heat pump is incredibly expensive, and he’s trying to do the whole condo on a budget. So, he figured out the easiest way to update the condo central heating system was just to take out the heat pump entirely and install electric baseboard heating. This type of electric furnace is just baseboard heating that heats from a coil within. By using the electric baseboard method, my friend can divide the condo into many different HVAC zone controls, because each baseboard just works for one room.  Not only does it allow for individual room HVAC settings, but its really affordable because I don’t need to lay out pipe or install ductwork.

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