Basement remodel heating question

theverMarch 16, 2009

We have a bi-level home with a daylight basement. The basement is completely finished except for the mechanical/laundry. We are redoing the living space in the basement and dividing the room up to add an office area. Looking for some supplemental heating ideas for the larger area(13x15 w/8' ceilings)

Only kicker is we are leaning toward staining the floor, and realize that may cause some issues, but thats why we are doing our homework so as not to make a mistake. In a house I would have built, it would have had radiant heating in the floor, but thats not an option at this point.

Options include

Fireplace - direct vent preferred-access to outside is 5' off the floor.

Baseboard heating - hot water-or electric

Any way to do a radiant heat on the ceiling, and not look ghetto?

Other ideas?

Thanks for any input


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It sounds like you have an existing boiler. You can do baseboard with hot water. You can do radiant or baseboard with an electric boiler. You can use a boiler to heat a concealed coil and blow warm air through decorative ductwork, similar to a car's heater.

If your basement floor is dry, why not use the gridwork and pex and cover with suitable flooring and heat with radiant?

    Bookmark   March 17, 2009 at 11:11AM
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You can heat from the ceiling with radiant tubing above the finished ceiling. The only problem is what they call shadowing. Think of the heat as the sun. Any area that is shadowed does not get as warm. This would be the floor under the desk for one. If the heat goes in the ceiling you must insulate well above the radiant tubing so the heat does not go up.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2009 at 3:57PM
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Radiant walls work just fine and one doesn't have to disturb the floor or the ceilings - meaning you don't have to sacrifice height.

The radiant heated wainscoting in the photo is a sample of what you can do.

If you want to see the construction details let me know.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 8:22PM
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if you wanted to build up your floors you could still use in floor heat. you can heat the basement to 75 degrees and the floors are still cold. paulbm

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 11:46PM
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