I have a absolutely large, absolutely old loft that is hard to heat, but the heat tends to rise straight up to the ceilingâ€¦ If I climb up on a ladder, the temperature is nice & warm.
Down near the floor, the room feels frigid.
Turning up the temperature control puts more wear & tear on the gas furnace & costs me a fortune in energy bills. It doesn’t make much improvement in comfort. There’s actually insufficient insulation in the walls, because I guess drafts of outdoor air coming in. I’m suspicious that all of the windows in the house should be replaced. They are old, single-pane & most likely leaking air. I’d like to tear my house down to the bare studs & start over. I’d make sure to install Energy Star rated windows, add lots of insulation & get rid of the duct system. Those seasoned ducts take up a ton of space, collect contaminants, degrade air quality & are really allowing my heated air to escape. I’d also throw out the forced air gas furnace. I’m tired of changing filters, paying for service & dealing with temperature stratification, dust & noisy operation. I would like to install a boiler in the basement & radiant heating throughout the whole house. The boiler would supplyhotwater, pumping it through a series of pipes hidden beneath the floor. These pipes would then spread heat evenly from wall to wall; Because of the heat originating at floor level, the highest temperature would be found within lower half of the room. I could lower the temperature control setting, save currency & like more even comfort! A hydronic furnace requires absolutely little upkeep, makes no noise & doesn’t blow pollutants into the air, then unfortunately, I can’t afford to tear up the floors or replace a working gas furnace.