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Hydronic baseboard heating * Guidance Requested*
Hello friends, I'm in the process of finishing my basement and working on a solutions to address heating the space in the winter.
First before the flames... I've had a couple licensed HVAC contractors look at my space and found most contractors aren't interested in a job like this because its all labor (i.e. adding new duct work and not new construction, or broken unit..) and because there is more demand than supply - contractors can be choosy on which jobs they work, which is cool.
The current gas furnace/AC and supporting ductwork is sized for a 2100 Sq. Ft house. Everyone I've spoken to agrees adding to the existing ductwork will likely impact the performance of the existing conditioned space, and likely not regulate temperature in the new space efficiently. One proposal I recieved was a five zone mini-split, another proposal simply taped into ductwork. Because my home is located in the midwest (KC) during the summer my basement maintains 69 degrees pretty consistently. As a result I'm starting to think I really only need to address a solution for heating the space.
The conditioned basement space is well insulation (2" rigid foam/ taped with fiberglass bats on stud walls) and is roughly around 1700 sq. ft. and I''m currently exploring free standing pellet stoves (possible gas) centrally located... but I recently also started exploring water baseboard heating. Absolutely love the idea of them. The issues I'm running into that no one in my area knows anything about sizing, layout or installation.
Does anyone have any recommendations... or know of consultants or other professionals who are willing to design a system that isn't locally? Or is this just a matter finding a calculator and trying to design a solution on my own?
Thanks for taking the time to read. Chris