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Old 11-18-2009, 07:57 AM   #1
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I am remodeling the master bathroom which is located on the second floor. I have steam heat with a large radiator in the corner along the outside wall. It makes placing toilet and vanity very difficult as it takes up space along 2 walls. i have never lived in the house and do not know how cold it may get. House is on Long Island, NY. Temps dip into the teens in the winter.
This is my first house with steam heat out of radiators so I do not know ow heat with be distributed in the house. There are 3 bedrooms on the second floor, each with a radiator. In the Master the were pipes for 2 radiators, however the previous owners only had one radiator in the room.
I would like to take the radiator out of the bathroom so I can utilize the space better. Can I do this? Will the bathroom be heated with the rest of the house or will it be cold?
I will be adding insulation to three walls, two are exterior walls, one is the wall where the shower will be along a bedroom wall.
Any advice or ideas will be appreciated, Thanks.

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Is the bathroom in a corner of the house - 2 outside walls...or only 1 ?
Someone removed the radiator from our 1st floor bathroom years ago
I installed radiant floor heat & its great
Our bathroom would get cold without heat

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Old 11-18-2009, 08:46 AM   #3
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There are 2 outside walls.
Is radiant heat, alone, enough to keep this warm?
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:10 AM   #4
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I can heat my bathroom to 80+ if I want
We turn it up to 75 when we give our son a bath
And your feet are warm if you are barefoot or just in socks

Our ~250 sq ft sunroom will be heated with radiant floor heat
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It WILL get cold without the rad. If you don't install another form of heat.

You could install either radiant, or a small electric baseboard heater, in its place though.
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which radiant heat is best?
I have seen the electric pads which go into the floor.
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Electric would be easier to install.
Hydronic would cost less to operate.
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I would go with the electric it's easier to install and you have more control over it rather having it on the old system.

In addition you get to utilize all the available floor space.

Grid in floor.

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