Good to hear from you my friend!
But................Since you dislike it so much - don't buy a house with that kind of heat!!
As far as it being "ugly" , furniture placement generally hides most of it.
( btw - I raised my son in a home with bb heat, as did many of my friends, and it never was a problem...many people also have homes with steam radiators - children seem to be ok living in those homes, too)
By the way - did you ever decide on a specific community?
I love our central air also. The second floor stays as cool as the first floor. It can cost more as there isn't any ductwork in the home from the furnace. In talking to different people who have looked at the cost for central air, the prices seem to be coming down.
We could have this same sort of argument over garages - how many people leave their $25,000 car on the street and fill their garage with junk?
I'm not going to go marching in the streets with you over this, Airahcaz. I think baseboard is fine, and it's also fine to pass it up.
So yes, baseboards are unsightly to some, but when I am showing homes - and I don't run in to it too often with newer ones, but sometimes - I point out this positive to the buyers that question it.
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I too grew up in a house with radiators, that was not the point - and I assume radiators have matured to baseboards it seems.
I was just curious why some new construction houses have baseboard, and yes, will stay away from those.
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That's not the case with bb heat.
Baseboard (hotwater baseboard) is considered a higher level of heating , more expensive than forced hot air.............and it is healthier as it's not so drying (humidifiers can also spread mold spores/bacteria)........With baseboard heat, the AC vents are usually overhead - a more efficient method of cooling a house, as cold air drops and heat rises............there is the need to install separate ductwork for the AC when baseboard heat is used....creating a higher expense for the builder and ultimately the buyer...hence, forced hot air is the less expensive and less efficient way to go.
Furniture placement is not an issue with baseboard heat - just have to leave a couple of inches between the baseboard and the furniture........but you'd have to do that with any heat vent.
Forced hot air units with humidifiers greatly shorten the life of the heating unit. Ever wonder why there is rust on your heating unit? Because you are feeding moisture through the system!