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Old 03-20-2009, 11:03 AM   #16
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A mini only is fine.

Unless your outdoor temps drop below what they can provide heat at.

If thats the case, then also add some baseboard for those times.

Or, have a water loop ran off the steam boiler.

Yes, that can and in done, with no problems, if the right guy does it.

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Old 03-20-2009, 01:53 PM   #17
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Fujitsu minisplit is what I would do.heatpump
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:45 AM   #18
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Beenthere, how do you set up a loop from the boiler?

As far as cooling the basement...when it was a fnished basement (old wood paneling, 3/4 of the room set up, thin carpet on the floor) it was a bit cool and humid. Now that I gutted the place it is still cool but dry. I can only imagine that once I finish the place the humidity issue will return. Also, the coolness during the summer is not the same as the feeling of an air conditioned place. I would much rather the A/C environment. Especially with 3 kids.
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Old 03-21-2009, 11:16 AM   #19
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Need add a aquastat to bring on the boiler, and prevent it from making steam.

You tap your water lop lines in one at/near the bottom, and the other near the top, but not that it would be above the water line.
The supply out needs a Y strainer, and you must pipe up a tempering loop.


Its easier to do, then to explain.

Here is a description and a pic.
Although this one is for an indirect water heater. It done the same for a baseboard heating loop.
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Old 03-21-2009, 11:47 AM   #20
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Leo : How much time do you intend to spend down there in the Winter/Summer and where do you live? 500 sq ft is not a huge area and if your electricity costs are reasonable and you have panel space I would look into some 1500watt or larger hardwired baseboard heaters. That way you can have individual control (wall tstats) and only turn them on when the area is being used. May be quite expensive to add a loop to the boiler etc. Need radiators, pump, controls etc. Do you have A/C upstairs and how is it done. Also a couple of portable A/C,s vented to the outside may help. See:http://www.cleaning-guide.com/portab...nditioner.html

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Thanks so much for the help guys.

My house is 1300 square feet. I have a 15 month old and 2 month old twins. A 500 sq ft play area/family room would be an asset, not to mention the fact that I would get my living room back from all of the toys it has now.

The basement has an electric baseboard set up now. I just thought that they were not cost effective to use. Running a dehumidifier like I did when the basement was finished was expensive. I had the unit on all the time removing moisture. Portable A/C units are expensive to run too.
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Unfortunately there are no easy mechanical or cheap ways to heat/cool an area. I don't know what you pay for electricity but a 1500 watt heater = 1.5 kilowatts x 10c/kwhour costs 15c/hr to run steady. It may not be as expensive as you think. Plus heat rises to the upstairs so you are running the boiler less. Insulating the basement very well makes a big difference. There are only a few choices available and they all use electricity, at least the A/C does. Standalone wood stove doesn't , not safe with little kids if they touch it.

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I just checked and I am paying .47 cents/kwhr Im just going by what I read and hear: electric is costly. Based on what you posted it does not seem that way. But based on my cost it can run up rather quickly.
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Some good suggestions. Those little split systems work well, but then there's the installation costs and it runs on electricity.

The basement might feel stuffy if you don't have air circulation down there. Especially with kids running around.

One caution about pellet stoves. You're at the mercy of the pellet manufacturers. There was a shortage around here a few years ago. I prefer a regular wood burning stove if you go that route.

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Is that 47 cents a KWH, or .047 cents a KWH?

Where do you live

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