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Old 10-21-2015, 03:21 PM   #1
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I added this to another post that was about something else song though it would be better to start new. The other post refers to a tapping above my den ceiling which is the hot water heat pipe for my baseboards. Below is the continuation.

In this room(the den) which is down stairs and the only room down stairs,The other part is an apartment, I installed baseboard heaters. What a waste of $$$$. Our electric bill skyrockets in the winter. Anyway I have hot water pipes in this rooms ceiling that feed our baseboards upstairs. I'm wondering if I switch to hot water baseboards in the den can the tie-in happen in the ceiling? I'm going to call some plumbers to give me estimates but I want to be informed to prevent getting ripped off. btw we have two hot water heaters and boilers...one for us and one for the apartment. Anything else I should know regarding the plumber telling me what I need to do would be helpful.
Anyways i would love to have that room on a separate zone. That's probably more practical as to not be hearing that room when only people are upstairs. Guess he'll have to run pipe from den to boiler room which is about 25' away on same floor. I'm assuming he's gonna have to cut ceilings to install pipe....ugh.
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I added this to another post that was about something else song though it would be better to start new. The other post refers to a tapping above my den ceiling which is the hot water heat pipe for my baseboards. Below is the continuation.

In this room(the den) which is down stairs and the only room down stairs,The other part is an apartment, I installed baseboard heaters. What a waste of $$$$. Our electric bill skyrockets in the winter. Anyway I have hot water pipes in this rooms ceiling that feed our baseboards upstairs. I'm wondering if I switch to hot water baseboards in the den can the tie-in happen in the ceiling? I'm going to call some plumbers to give me estimates but I want to be informed to prevent getting ripped off. btw we have two hot water heaters and boilers...one for us and one for the apartment. Anything else I should know regarding the plumber telling me what I need to do would be helpful.
Anyways i would love to have that room on a separate zone. That's probably more practical as to not be hearing that room when only people are upstairs. Guess he'll have to run pipe from den to boiler room which is about 25' away on same floor. I'm assuming he's gonna have to cut ceilings to install pipe....ugh.
Defiantly the way to go,and just get rid of the electric heat, your saving will pay for the plumber..
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Any other advice or things I should know look for when plumber tells me scope of work. Want to have some understanding of the right application etc. thanks
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If the room isn't used much, you might want to put it on a separate zone.
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If the room isn't used much, you might want to put it on a separate zone.
Absolutely what I'm thinking. And I assume that's just piped from heaters directly to boiler room? So pretty straight forward for plumber? Thx
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He should do a heat loss calculation for the rooms to size the emitters properly. This should also be based on the water temperature he plans on running or that your system is already running at. He should also verify you have the capacity in the boiler, which you most likely do because most boilers are grossly oversized money pits.
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