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Old 08-25-10, 05:39 PM
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Hot Yoga Room

I'm currently finishing my basement. The deal with my wife was, if I do the work myself and as long as I build her a yoga room, she didn't care what I did with the rest of the basement. (ie. no grief on electronics spending)

The yoga room needs to be able to get to 90+ degrees for her workout. I've been weighing the following options:

1. 2, 750 watt base board heaters connected to a thermostat. I would wire these to their own 15 amp switch. Not sure if this would generate enough heat.

2. 4 space heaters. I'd more than likely have to have 4 outlets in the room. splitting them among 2 15 amp switches. Space heaters can use a lot of electricity and are rather inefficient.

3. something else?

Her room is 14x10. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
 
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Old 08-27-10, 03:42 AM
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I figured some Yoga expert would chime in here, but no go, I guess. Why does the room have to be 90 degrees? Won't working out create the body heat needed? Have you thought of the effects on the heat on the walls, ceiling and flooring of the room? Paint will peel and moisture will increase, which will harbor mold should there not be any ventilation for the heat.
If you need moderate heat, a small ceramic heater will heat a room nominally and make it comfortable in the winter.
 
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Old 08-27-10, 06:40 AM
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Its called Bikram yoga. Ideally, the temp should be around 100 degrees.

Figure 4x per week for 1.5 hours at that temp. I'm adding some vents to allow the heat to escape when she's done. The basement stays cool year round so it should dissipate quickly. The moisture's under control, normally 55%, the highest is 65%.

Just kind of stuck on a heat source and how to wire for it.
 
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10 x 14 sound like its around the size of a bedroom. Maybe you could find another room in your house that is approximately the same size and run a test with an inexpensive space heater.

Find a similar size room and shut the door. Turn on the space heater and measure how long it takes to get the room to 90F. If it takes longer than you like then you will need more watts of heat. I would assume that doubling the wattage of the heaters will roughly half the time it takes to get the room to 90F.

Once you know how much heat you need then you should have an easier time figuring out how to wire it.
 
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Insulate the heck out of that room. It's going to make adjacent rooms really hot.

I'm not sure if the thermostats for electric baseboard will allow higher than 85 degrees. If you go the space heater route, I would run 20 amp circuits. I think you will need one circuit per space heater.

I don't know what your setup is like, but if you could get a pellet stove in there, it might cost less money to run. It would be easy to get that room up to 90 degrees with one of those as well.
 
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I prefer tai chi but yoga is good too. It's the first I've heard about the 100 degree aspect.

There are some baseboard heaters that are 220 volts. I installed them for someone who needed heavy duty heat in the winter. I'll ask him where he bought them, if you're interested. I doubt the space heaters will be needed.
 
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Old 08-29-10, 01:14 PM
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Definitely interested in the baseboard heaters, provided they can be set to a 90+ temp.

After doing a lot more research, I'm going to insulate with reflective film in addition to the normal insulation.

I looked at infrared heaters and even infrared ceiling tiles. Problem they have is they will heat the side facing the heater more then the side facing away.

Appreciate all the good ideas. Thanks!
 
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I post the heater info as soon as the guy returns my call.
 
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The heater is available at hydrosil.com
90 degrees is the highest reading on the thermostat. Don't forget, they are 220 volts.
 
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how did the build of the hot yoga room go? i'm looking to do the same with a spare bedroom upstairs...any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
 

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