Revisiting my cold house issues...
So I am back to addressing the cold issues in our home.
We've got forced hot air that is based out of the attic. All of our vents are in the ceiling, both the supplies and returns, with exeption of 1 low return.
First concern is how to make it more comfortable in our living room which has three outside walls. Is there any way of getting a duct low... and would that even help? Would humidifying the air help the hot air sink and would it make it feel more comfortable?
Personally, I'd like to put a wood or gas burning stove (vented of course) in this room, but my wife does not like the idea.
It is the only room where it is really chilly and un-ininviting and of course the only room where we really want to be significantly warmer than the others. Just turning up the heat more will heat up the room, but then it heats the other rooms too hot, and it is still an uncomfortable dry and drafty heat.
Another thought is to either decrease the amount of air going to other rooms, or better yet, increase the amount of air flow to this this one room by adding 1-2 more supplies????
We've got abandoned steam radiators... I think it is going to be too $$$ to think about putting these back into use although I have not gotten any quotes. I would imagine we are talking in the multiple thousands...
Another issue is the basement. As of right now, we have no heat down there, so we don't use it. We don't REALLY need to use it at this time, but I'd like to think about how to heat this space for the future. It's got electric baseboard heaters (not oil filled or anything) that are not hooked up either, due to no room in the electrical box. The basement is finished with no insulation. We are located in Northern NJ where gas is relatively the cheapest fuel source. I was thinking about hooking up a Rinnai 556 WTA there (a 22000 BTU direct vent gas fired heater that I have sitting around not being used) , but concerned about the amount of walls and doorways that would inhibit the air from really getting to all corners of the basement. There are 2 separate rooms divided by the stairs, a separate laundry room and bathroom... don't really want Hot and cold spots... will the centrally located Rinnai work or should I think about replacing those electric baseboard heaters with oil filled ones?
Of course if we put the steam system back in place I would guess that inherently the basement would be "heated" by virtue of the steam pipes running every which way down there... ?