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Old 01-10-2011, 03:57 PM   #1
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Heating and cooling in an attic we are going to finish


We are looking to finish our attic into a play room and space for my husband (but they will be open to each other, with an opening about 6 feet wide. Because it's 3rd floor I think that continuing the (propane) baseboard heating up there may be really expensive. We were going to look into a mini split ductless system, but I'm not sure if we can use that for heat since we're in coastal southeastern Massachusetts (too cold?). Any recommendations on a a good combination of heating and installation cost/efficiency?

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They do make mini-splits that also are Heat pumps. Otherwise, Electric Baseboard heat for Winter, regular mini-split for the Summer. Cost for both, would probably break even just putting a HVAC split unit for heating and cooling that space. Alpinehomeair.com can give you an idea between what both system types would cost.

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Thanks. We live in New England (south shore of Massachusetts). Is it too cold to use a minisplit system for heat also? I seem to be coming across conflicting answers right now...
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It would be no different then using it here in the Midwest. Keep in mind, that you may have to use baseboard Electric heat to help when the min-split is unable to keep up.
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Some guide lines for the attic conversion that may be helpful; http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...1txlzU01V4JQIg

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Thanks! It's a walk up, 4 windows (2 dormers and 2 on each end), taking up the whole footprint below (24X36) before accounting for lost space due to roofline. I'm pretty sure we're good to go in terms of it being habitable...

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