Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > HVAC

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-10-2009, 07:35 AM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10
Share |
Unhappy

Adding an upstairs attic space....how to heat it?


Hey guys,

We have a 1958 Cape Cod with an unfinished attic. We are getting ready to finish this space, but need to know how to run HVAC up there.

Currently there is a cold and warm air return in the living room with a floor and ceiling register, and one in another bedroom on this floor.

Is it possible to just tie into these from the upstairs----so there would be a cold and warm air return for the attic. Do we need a cold/warm air return?

Also, should we make a new duct line directly from the blower to our new zone upstairs?

Thanks for any help!

lilerm8302 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2009, 08:33 AM   #2
Hvac Pro
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Posts: 8,895
Default

Adding an upstairs attic space....how to heat it?


Where do you live?
Use a minisplit heat pump:http://www.fujitsugeneral.com/wallmounted9-12RL.htm

Your existing system only has X amount of BTU's/capacity. If you tie into it then you are stealing from other areas and basically it may be undersized. If you upsize it then you have a major expense and the logistics of running ductwork etc. If you want heat only then some electric baseboard heaters are the simplest way to go. And you will have individual control of them which is a lot more comfortable.


Last edited by yuri; 04-10-2009 at 08:42 AM.
yuri is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2009, 09:39 AM   #3
Member
 
Home Air Direct's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 297
Default

Adding an upstairs attic space....how to heat it?


I second Yuri on the Ductless (I am a Mitsubishi fan). If your attic space is going to be open for the most part, just go ductless mini-split heat pump and be done with it. It consists of a wall hung air handler piped to an attractive suitcase style outdoor condenser.

If you start "tying into other systems" your head will start to pound, and blood will start to trickle out your ears after you spend all the money to rob from your primary system and then neither area will heat or cool sufficiently

Feel free to contact me off board and I will be happy to point you in a direction.

Good luck with your project.

Jay
__________________
Settle down! If you were that important, the city would give you lights and a siren for your car
Home Air Direct is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Adding a radiant heat zone -hydronic experts Joe F HVAC 76 01-27-2010 02:51 PM
Attic space above garage chris0914 Building & Construction 5 01-19-2009 07:04 PM
Cracked Heat Exchanger SusanB. HVAC 12 10-14-2008 03:57 PM
rats is my crawl space and in my attic this old house Pest Control 5 06-02-2007 05:48 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.