I live in a 1600 sq.ft. ranch, built in 1999. We currently have hot
water baseboard heat, set up in multiple zones: 1)the living
area/kitchen, 2)one for each of the three bedrooms, and 3) one zone for
the basement that doesn't have a thermostat connected, and is kept
inactive w/shut-off valves.
I'll be refinishing the basment this winter/spring. The builder hooked
up four radiatiors in the basement. I will probably end up moving them
a bit, and perhaps adding more.
I would eventually like to open up the stairwell that goes downstairs
(remove the basement door, creating almost a split-level ranch
situation, except with a longer, single stairwell.
I'm wondering how much of the heat will escape to the upstairs if I
open this up. We currently have a woodstove in the living room as
well, which gets the living area pretty warm. My fear is that the
boiler will be firing all of the time while the refinished basement is
60 deg. F and the living room is 90 F.
Is this a reasonable fear to have, or will there be a more gradual
temperature gradient between the first story and the basement, since it
will be quite open between the two floors?
Thanks in advance