Ok, so we have an accepted bid on a home in Buffalo, NY. It is a big Colonial built in 1920. Today we had the inspection, and realized that there are no vents giving any heat to the 2nd floor bedrooms. There is also no heat in the attic, which is partially re-done, and we plan on turning into a master suite.
The heat is all coming through one huge metal grate, in the floor of the foyer at the main entrance. Which we thought was just some kind of cold air return, when we seen it at the open house. It is all run off of a forced air gas furnace, which was just replaced last year.
The seller states that he has never had a problem with enough heat getting to the second floor, as the stairs are right behind the big metal grate. Yet, there is a fireplace in the hallway on the second floor. And all of the bedroom doors were, for some reason, off. (my guess would be so that heat could get into all of the bedrooms while people were seeing the house)
So a couple of questions. Has anyone come across this kind of heating setup? We have 4 kids, two of which are very young. We can tell the older boys to throw an extra blanket on, but the babies need to have heat, ha.
I get the feeling that the current setup, likely doesn't work as good as the seller says it does on the second floor. And we also want to get heat up to the 3rd floor anyway. Would putting a new furnace on the 3rd floor, and venting heat down into the bedrooms be the best way out? Not looking to put in space heaters or anything like that. Want it all to be done right, and whatever will be most efficient. Have to think that is better than running duct work all the way up from basement, and still having everything run off of one zone? Also, any idea of cost on a project like this?
We love the house otherwise, and still want it. But just trying to find out a bit more about what we are getting into. Or if there are any other ideas out there. Thank you for any info you can all give. And I can try to answer any questions you may have that would help.