04:21AM | 05/21/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
4 lifetime posts
I live in Seattle, and am building a 844 sq ft second floor addition to my 980 sq ft existing single floor.

Right now I have electric baseboard, but
I am looking at hydro air, using mostly Toester fan coils (in-wall installation units and undercounter "toe-kick" installation units). I am considering some hydronic floor tubing to tie into this, if I can manage to keep within a pretty tight budget.

I am also planning a gas fireplace insert with direct vent on the first floor (w/open floor plan).

I would love some feedback from anyone who has had any experience with hydro air and/or gas fireplace inserts used for heating.

Also, should I go with a tankless water heater if using hydro air?

Thanks for any info you can give me...


05:15AM | 05/23/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
4 lifetime posts
Actually, the purchase/installation of this hydro air system is supposed to be less expensive than any other system out there besides electric baseboard, and more efficient.

I'm just worried that it doesn't seem to be very well known, so I'd like some feedback from anyone who is familiar with it.

Also, the fan coil units can be installed between wall studs, therefore flush with the walls, which makes them a lot less noticeable than baseboard units. The toe kick models go under cabinets and counters, so are totally hidden from view. My concern is that clearly they make some noise (whereas baseboard basically makes none), so I'd like to have some feedback regarding that issue too.

Regarding a fireplace insert, I'd like to know if anyone out there is using one as an important part of their heating system, if they are satisfied with its a)effectiveness and b)efficiency, and finally, if there are any particular features/models they would recommend.

Thanks for the help...



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Colorful, useful, and fun, these tire planters form the foundation for a delightful container garden. Just spray-paint old... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon