I am in the process of finishing my basement (two rooms, about 150 and
200 sq ft). I was planning on putting in a couple of electric
baseboards for heat, but an acquaintance suggested that this would be
costly in the longrun. He recommended attaching a hot water
circulator pump to my boiler or hot water heater, and running hot
water baseboards. Is this a goog idea? Anyone know resources on the
web which might help in installing such a system, or at least learning
about this system.
By hot water heater, I assume you meat the existing central heater, not the
domestic hot water used for bathing and laundry.
It may be possible to do this, but it will depends on the capacity of the
heater. If it was sized to accommodate the entire house including the
basement, yes, it will work and probably be more economical to run compared
to electric. A few years ago, I would have said "definitely", but with the
price of all energy going up, it can be comparable or even cheaper in a few
places to use electric.
As for installation, it is mostly running copper tubing and soldering. Long
runs may require an expansion joint. Then you have to wire in a thermostat
and zone valve or circulator.
Other factors come into play also. Are the rooms just for occasional use or
will they be occupied often that you want to keep them at the same
temperature as the rest of the house? Or will they be used once every
couple of weeks for the kids pizza party with friends? In the latter,
running heat for only a day every week or two, electric may be the best bet.
Of course you must also have enough power coming in to the house for the
On 5 Dec 2003 04:55:08 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (kilerbbb) wrote:
I do a couple of dozen basements a year. Generally, we add electric
baseboard heat on individual thermostats to supplement the heating
that's in place.
Two reasons -- much easier to balance the heat throughout the house
and the baseboard heat is used mainly in summer.
If you have hot water heating now, you already have a circulating
pump. Don't attach to the hot water heater.
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