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Cost-Conscious Heating for Remodels

For remodeled spaces both large and small, stand-alone electric systems can be an affordable heating option

Depending on added square footage, space for new ductwork, or the budget for the project, using the existing heating system may not be the most attractive option for a remodeled space. Richard Defendorf, a frequent contributor to FineHomebuilding.com, describes in this article several ways a remodeled space may be heated with a stand-alone electric unit. Such units, which use either convection or radiant heat, are inexpensive and easy to install. Convection heaters are available with or without fans. Those with fans can be installed under a cabinet, on a wall, or overhead; those without fans usually are placed on the lower half of a wall, often at baseboard height. The most popular radiant heaters are mats that are anchored over the subfloor with latex-modified thinset cement and that work by heating the finished flooring. Defendorf also describes towel bars and wall panels that produce limited amounts of radiant heat.

Cost-Conscious Heating for Remodels

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