We are building a cabin, 24x17feet, on crawl space in a place that has heavy
snow in the winter. Honestly, we probably won't go there in the winter
because it is off the road too far to keep the road plowed. I want to heat
it with a wood type stove and propane logs, but code requires we have some
form of heat in the bedroom and bathroom. We were thinking some electric
baseboard heat but are hearing how incredibly expensive it is to run. We
would be using the heat in the spring and fall, probably a few times a year
when there is snow. Everything will be winterized and shut down for the
We have put the hot water heater in the crawl space, but don't feel it is
big enough to go to the expense of a forced air furnace, also in the crawl
space. The bedroom is really small, I made it big enough for walking space
around a queen sized bed so we could have more space in the
living room/kitchen area.
Looking for suggestions....
I recommend wall mounted electric heaters. We use the "Pic-a-Watt" models
made by King Electric (www.king-electric.com) to heat our entire house, one
heater in each room. They work great, don't require any ductwork, and the
temperature of each room can be set individually. Here in Washington state,
most Lowes stores carry them (Cadet makes similar heaters and are often
sold at Home Depot).
The wall heaters are nice because they don't take up a lot of wall space,
and can heat up a room quickly (unlike baseboards). Just be sure not to
mount them where you'll want to place furniture. Ours are all next to the
doors where we'll be walking anyway.
In small rooms like bathrooms, or in situations like my in-laws house where
there just wasn't any wall space, I mounted them above the doorways (over 9
foot ceilings). Not the ideal location, but they still heat the rooms
nicely and there's no danger of piling anything in front of them.
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