radiant heat in basement elec? hydro?

Old 03-04-07, 05:53 AM
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radiant heat in basement elec? hydro?

I have a ranch style house with a full unfinished basement (1500 sf). I want to refinish it , (family room, bedroom, and office),and am looking at heating options. I am cross-eyed looking at all the electric or water systems. Any suggestions? Also can they be installed at a "basement" level? My floor slab is 6' below grade, and the basement is not that cold even in winter. With flooring, insulation, and walls being added, is radiant heat too much over the top?


Old 03-04-07, 05:17 PM
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Unless you would like to loose about 6in of head room I look at other options.
Old 03-08-07, 01:54 PM
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How is the rest of the house heated? Normally, extending an existing system is the most economical option.

If you really want to go radiant, you might consider electric radiant. It can be installed without major loss of headroom and can even be installed on walls or ceiling. Just be sure you place insulation and a vapor barrier between it and the slab.

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