We've got a 3000 SF rustic contemporary in western MA, cathedral
ceilings, lots of :dead: space.. Original builders tried to heat with
in-wall electric blowers (!) then switched to a "woodstove" style gas
heater. It does the job, barely, running 24/7 in a cold snap. Since
there are no ducts in the house, traditional heating is not an option.
Does anyone know of systems that might use small tubes or pipes that
I could run in the corners of the rooms or along the baseboards, so
that we could have some zone heating in this house? I've seen some
ductless combination AC/heat systems, but the heat only works if it's
above freezing outside - not an option out here. We already have
ceiling fans, passive solar house ( mixed blessing) and insulated
window blinds. Radiant heating a partial option on the first floor,
but we're looking for something we can do in the whole place - Thanks
for any help you can provide -
You may want to check with a professional in your area. They are likely
to know good solutions for the area.
That said, I suggest multi-point source. In other words more than one
heat source, rather than central. You may also be a candidate for hot water
heat with a central source. I suggest a pro because they are likely to know
the tricks needed to put the system in without detracting from the look you
want and address the issues of that large high space. There is nothing like
being on site to help understand the situation and generate ideas for
On Mon, 26 Jan 2004 19:25:00 -0800, Cold in Mass. wrote:
We had electric baseboard throughout the house, and since I haven't
mastered the art of pooping gold bullion to pay the bills, we had to do
We got hot water baseboards, powered by a oil-fired boiler. It's really a
nice system. Like you mentioned, HWBB is perfect for zoning. We have
three zones: the house, the master addition, and the basement.
The boiler also produces our domestic hot water, so we don't have to keep
a 80 gallon tank of water hot in addition to the boiler.
Big bucks for the installation due to lots of plumbing. If you're *very*
handy, it can be done at home, but it's a major project.
Well.. they DO make high-pressure forced air systems, but they're
expensive, and probably beyond the typical DIYer.
Personally, I like forced air more than I dislike exposed ductwork,
but since you apparently differ, I'd say a hot water system
offers the most versatility..
If you go to www.burnham.com, and click on residential,
you can look at different types of baseboards heaters,
freestanding radiators, and air-convection systems
that can do double duty as AC.
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