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Old 02-13-2011, 10:24 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the posts helped clear up a bunch of questions I had. As far as the radiant heat would that just heat the floor or would it also heat the air above where I put it? I had to take out a 6ft section of baseboard hw heat when I redid the kitchen and we're really feeling it in the winter. My two options were radiant heat in the basement under the kitchen or maybe to toe kick heaters. My other question is about the toe kick heaters I think I would have to go electric because the kitchen is already finished any thoughts? (I know I should have thought of it before I finished, but I didn't think it would affect the temp in the room that much).

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All rooms need heat. They have kickspace heaters for hot water boilers. It will be cheaper to run these then electric units. You can also run a zone of radiate heat under the kitchen floor by attaching the pex tubing to the underside of the subfloor and then insulating those bays.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:28 AM   #17
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Ron thanks for the reply I was thinking electric because I'm not sure how I'm going to get a hw line to the kick space heater. I'll have to talk to my plumber about it and see if he can get what I need done. I'm leaning towards the kick space heaters after all the suggestions and advice.

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Ron thanks for the reply I was thinking electric because I'm not sure how I'm going to get a hw line to the kick space heater. I'll have to talk to my plumber about it and see if he can get what I need done. I'm leaning towards the kick space heaters after all the suggestions and advice.

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Just size the heating elements, whatever they are, to the room size. You need to put in enough heat, not just heat.
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I would say to without a doubt insulation the ceiling the basement, the cold air has to go somewhere. If you use a insulation like open-cell it will not only keep the upper floors warmer, but it can also reduce noise transfer between the floors.

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