My house is heated with hot water baseboards - two loops, one for
upstairs, one for downstairs.
One room in particular, a small bedroom, is the coldest room on
certain days in the upstairs loop. Despite having a baseboard along
the longest wall in the room (18' of baseboards in an 18'x10' room) it
is still the coldest. The baseboard seems to get as hot to the touch
as the rest of the upstairs, and the rest of that loop warms the
upstairs quite well. The baseboard is no more obstructed in this room
than in any other.
The room is perhaps the most exposed to the winter winds (east coast
of Canada). While we are surrounded by trees, this room faces the
driveway and the only opening on the property to the winds - it faces
North/West, a popular direction for winds this time of year.
Presumably, this keeps the outside wall of the room colder than the
rest of the house would experience.
However, when the winds are from the East or South, there is no
problem. This is the office where my wife does her work from home, so
it is used quite a bit.
Question - aside from ripping off the siding and installing top notch
insulation (30 year old house), would it be the best solution to
simply add more baseboards? I've talked to my plumber who said he
could cut the line, run another 8' of baseboards and simply loop it
back under the fins to the return hole in the floor. While most of the
basement has drop ceiling, this room is above the only part of the
basement without it - so access to piping is not good from below.
We have discussed going with an electric baseboard to supplement the
hot water, but we'd hate to leave that unsupervised. Besides, the
plumber gave us a good price on the extra 8' if we wish to go that
Sorry for all the details, but I thought it best to be descriptive.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.