Code Required – Electric Resistance Heater
Zone 4 – My building code department is requiring a heat source in all the bedrooms even though I am building a super air tight, super insulated home (way above code). I have a ductless mini split in the adjacent room and I leave my doors open but the building dept still wants to see a “heating source” in that room.
Makes no sense to install another minisplit unit in a small room so I want to get past code inspection by installing an electrical resistance heater. What is a good brand/type to install? Can I just install one of those wall mounted fireplace units that put out resistant heat?
The building dept might also make me install resistant heat in the bathrooms even though there are NO windows and they share an interior bedroom wall that has a ductless mini in it.
These building departments have NO CLUE what it means to build an air tight and energy efficient home. They act like there will be a 15 degree difference between a room that is 3 feet away from another room. As if it was a Medieval Castle from the 1500’s that is drafty with R-2 walls. Frustrating but I need to install a cheap electrical resistant heater to pass code.
GBA Detail Library
A collection of one thousand construction details organized by climate and house part