We are currently house-hunting and one of the houses on our list has electric baseboard heating. Before we "fall in love" with this house I want to get a better idea of what it would cost to convert to forced-air heating with air conditioning. It's a 2-storey, 4 bedroom house.
to convert to forced air.you have to understantd the duct work would have to be installed and framed in .this could run between $12,000-$15,000 to complete
I think Sam's a little low worked out as long as your basement is unfinished it should work something like
remove heaters and non used> wiring ( must be removed not just stuck in the wall and hidden). This will take an electrician about half a day as well to run for furnace and ac. Figure on around $2000 for this its a lot of work. it will also open up holes the electrician needs to get out the wires and will require patching.
a good furnace and AC set runs from $4-5000 and running ducts with materials is around $5000 per 1000 square feet of living space so 2 stories at 1000 is $10,000 unfinished basement would be $2400 to run I don't see much of a break on any of this until well after the energy grants are done mid to end of April
All this will require opening up holes and runs in walls and ceilings or having to cover with bulkheads any exposed ducting a good drywaller, taper and painter to get everything looking good again should run into $4000 and a cleanup from construction $450
this would put this project around $24,000
As long as there are no structural issues such as beams or splits. Houses built before 1978 have an abatement issue as up to 15% asbestos is present in the walls and lead based paint is possible. These both have to be tested for and proper steps taken before walls start to get opened up for both the heath of the workers and later occupants of the house.
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