Welcome! Here are the website rules, as well as some tips for using this forum.
Need to contact us? Visit https://heatinghelp.com/contact-us/.
Click here to Find a Contractor in your area.

Is this completely crazy, or only a little crazy?

Dave_4 Member Posts: 1,405
Sometimes the obvious is staring me in teh face and I don't see it!


  • Dave_4
    Dave_4 Member Posts: 1,405
    Temporary heat

    I'm in the middle of doing a radiant retrofit in my house and so far I've lucked out with the weather but it looks like that is about to change. I'm still a few weeks away from having tubing and plates in, so I'm looking for a cheap temporary source of heat to hook up to my heat pump. the cheapest and easiest way I've thought of so far is to cobble together a hydronic fan coil. What I'm wondering is if a single unit would have any chance of keeping the house warm. Overall capacity isn't an issue as I'm not expecting to see anything close to design temp this time of year, and I've got a big buffer tank so the supply side should be happy with whatever emitters I throw at it.

    What I'm worried about is a method to distribute the heat through the house - it is about 1200 sq. ft and isn't exactly an open floorplan. I don't expect fantastic comfort, just something to keep the chill off the 45 degree mornings so my Wife doesn't see the need to move into a hotel for a month. Any better ideas?
  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928

    As long as it's not too cold and it doesn't go on for too long, I'd say that some simple and cheap electric "milk house" heaters will do the job. Just make certain that each is plugged into a separate (15A-20A) circuit. Probably cheaper and simpler than anything and you can always resell them at near cost in a garage sale...
This discussion has been closed.