COMMUNITY FORUM

Mully76

08:38AM | 12/03/03
Member Since: 05/29/03
11 lifetime posts
Bvhvac
Our house is a 7 room, 1700sf colonial house with steam radiators. The problem is that the previous owner removed the walls downstairs and some of the radiators...so the heat doesn't stay in the rooms. We only have one thermostat for the entire house in the living room. While it is 60 degrees downstairs, it is 80 degrees upstairs. They cut vents into the floors to let the heat rise. We assume this was before they replaced the windows and we've since blocked them. Any suggestions as how to regulate the heat. We're going to start by placing plastic on the drafty windows and patio door.

devildog

06:37AM | 12/04/03
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
You may want to look into a safe form of supplemental heat. They have in-floor radiant heat which can be laid under tile. This makes the tile nice and warm and heats the whole room. It's electric and controlled by a separate thermostat.

Or maybe just electric baseboard heating if it isn't a huge area.

Good luck, Devildog

Mully76

07:31AM | 12/04/03
Member Since: 05/29/03
11 lifetime posts
would turning the radiator vents down upstairs, make the radiators downstairs produce more heat...or would it just make the upstairs colder.

ksdesigns

11:41PM | 12/08/03
Member Since: 01/13/03
25 lifetime posts
why not just install new radiators and connect to existing system?

Mully76

08:23AM | 12/09/03
Member Since: 05/29/03
11 lifetime posts
good point...not sure if that's feasible, though. the kitchen is a one story addition on posts...no foundation underneath.

R Man

12:30PM | 12/10/03
Member Since: 12/09/03
7 lifetime posts
I like the electric baseboard idea. It has low capital costs, and now that gas is just as expensive as electricity, it's an efficient solution. Just make sure you have the spare circuits to power it, two at least. Resistance heating draws a lot of power.

Also, if the kitchen is on posts, make sure the floor is well insulated. That alone will save a lot of money.

Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

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

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

If you're interested in more on snow removal, consider: Shopping for Snow Blowers Salt vs. Sand Quick Tip: Buying... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon