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Thread: Cottage heat choices

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    sea-bee chuck b's Avatar
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    Default Cottage heat choices

    800 sq ft northern Michigan cottage. Trying to decide on 9 baseboard heaters controlled by 3 thermostats, or one central electrical furnace unit. Ducts have to go thru uninsulated attic above insulation or below in crawl space. Cottage built on post beam joist design like a deck. What's more cheaper to run? Lose too much heat thru cold attic or crawl? Used 8 months year, not in coldest part of winter. Thanks. Have Cadet baseboards on hand. Appreciate advice. Don't want to use propane, no natural gas available.
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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
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    Minisplit heating/air-conditioning units with several heads is probably way more efficient, and would give you a/c for those days you might want it. SOme might have trouble on your coldest days, but still can work in many locations. That may not be a big issue, except for potentially keeping it above freezing in the winter when not occupied (then, you'd probably want to winterize it, and then wouldn't care so you could shut everything off). On these, one watt in can produce 3-4W of heat, much more efficient than resistance heating, and they're efficient should you want cooling as well. These things have gotten much better in the last 5-10 years, and are a good choice many places where they weren't before.
    Jim DeBruycker
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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014

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    In the Trades Tom Sawyer's Avatar
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    Electric baseboard or a monitor kerosene heater.
    [B]No, plumbing ain't rocket science. Unlike rocket science, plumbing requires a license[B]

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