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Fan Coil Choices for Basement Project

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Brad White
Brad White Member Posts: 2,398
within a space will do nothing to mitigate moisture. At best it will get it into the air but if not carried away by incoming dryer air, it will just stir it around. Moving damp air- hardly an improvement. Radiant walls and yes, as Chris suggests, ceilings, would be the bees knees.
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  • Rick W.
    Rick W. Member Posts: 30
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    Fan Coil Choices for Basement Playroom

    Will be starting basement job soon - playroom and office. Among other things, am considering fan coils to heat this 1000 sq. ft. space. Boiler will be a Biasi B-10 series, oil fired. Any models that could be either surface mounted to soffits or inconspicuously incorporated into a base detail and look reasonably good? Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks!
  • Brad White
    Brad White Member Posts: 2,398
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    Why Air?

    Why not radiant baseboard (Hydronic Alternatives) or other low density means? Does not sound like a high heat load place.

    Air side can mean noise potential and a psychological perception of "heat/no heat" when the fan switches on and off.

    Just a thought. No magic to moving air when there are other alternatives.
    "If you do not know the answer, say, "I do not know the answer", and you will be correct!"



    -Ernie White, my Dad
  • [Deleted User]
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    panel rads

    Check out some buderus or runtal panel rads quite comfortable heat and not to complaited to install a vast improvemnt of a fan coil unit peace and good luck clammy
  • Rick W.
    Rick W. Member Posts: 30
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    Thanks for the input guys! My hope was to create an insulated wall detail with no voids - furring, foil faced foam board and wall finish - no place for pipe behind wall and running the entire perimeter is no good. Interior partitions will provide storage(all doors). This constraint along with the musty nature of this basement led me to consider the fan coil option as I thought having the air circulation might mitigate that dampness and supply/return overhead will work. I guess those coils are still a little too noisy? Radiant floor would work(ala Roth-like panels) but I'm reluctant since there has been issues with ext. door landing drain plugging(easier to dry out carpets). Radiant wall maybe? Thanks again for suggestions.
  • J.C.A._3
    J.C.A._3 Member Posts: 2,981
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    Don't rule out...

    A radiant ceiling!

    It could be your best bet while leaving the most floor space available. Chris
  • lee_7
    lee_7 Member Posts: 458
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    If overall height is not an issue , there is a product called DRI-Core that is an elevated subfloor to allow the concrete to breath and any moisture would be keep of flooring. It comes in 2' x2' panels with plastic "feet" (spacers) to have air space between floor and concrete. Then you can put viega floor systems on top of subfloor and then finished flooring. Subfloor panels and viega panels would raise floor height approximately 1" to 1 1/4". Subfloor is a no brainer to install, tongue and gove panels, at about $1.25 at big box stores. Both Lowes and HD sell similiar products made by different companies.
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