100 year old house, cold climate, retrofit to in-floor heat?
When we were out of town, we had a freeze up that split the hot water radiators and cracked the boiler. So, we need to replace our entire heat system. We are getting a high efficiency boiler and replacing the old cast iron radiators with steel panel radiators, but we are also thinking about doing a retrofit of in-floor heating on part of the first floor.
We live in a very cold climate and are wondering if anyone has any feedback on having done this, and if they are happy with the result.
We put a kitchen addition on twenty years ago that has windows on three sides and faces north. Part of the room has a full basement underneath, and part is above an unheated crawlspace. The old slant fin baseboard heaters never kept the room warm enough in super cold weather, so we are looking at the idea of in-floor heat to be nailed up under the joists. But, given the room's orientation and plethora of windows, we are wondering whether just in-floor will give us enough heat in that area of the house. Kitchen floors are tongue and groove, narrow maple.
Anyone have any thoughts or any experience? Thanks.