Basement radiant heating
I was considering adding a gas fireplace to heat up the basement in our tri-level home in Woodinville, as part of a larger basement remodel, but I’m starting to think maybe radiant heating (with a natural gas fueled hydronic pump) is going to be a better way to go.
Our basement is really just one large room, 20×20 feet. I’m considering an above-slab PEX and insulation system that would create a false floor. The hideous commercial ceiling tiles (drop ceiling) will also be removed and replaced with drywall and can lights, which I’m hoping will recover the overall height that would otherwise be lost to a false floor.
I’m not sure whether to go with natural gas or electric for the boiler, as electricity prices are quite low in this area, .098 per kwh and natural gas is 0.367520 per therm. We already have a natural gas furnace for the forced air throughout the house, but it really isn’t adequate to heat the basement (which only has ceiling vents at this time). If we went with natural gas, I’m also not sure about the BTU range I would need for a boiler. Keep in mind I would only be heating this basement area; the furnace is still going to heat the rest of the house.
Any recommendations for the best products to use in this scenario? And the rough cost range if I did it myself? Thanks!
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