It's a trick used in other countries... pity we haven't really embraced it here.
Hmmmm... let's see... 2-storey home, wood frame with standard joists and subflooring on the 2nd floor and a nice big woodstove in the living room.
Guess what? You're putting a *bucket-load* of heat into that 2nd storey's wood subflooring. And I've not heard of that burning down a house quite yet.... ;)
Yeah, I wouldn't try heating the floor in a way that would obviously make it burn. Just enough that your feet are comfortable, which in turn will make the rest of the home comfortable as well, as the heat radiates up. And you would probably want to diffuse the heat in some fashion across the breadth of the floor. Maybe with some kind of ceramic or tile, over which you might put wood or whatever you feel is decorative.
A nice big woodstove is probably in my future.
It's a shame you don't have a nice big old-fashioned wood fireplace.
Then I'd be able to tell you how to determine the difference between cats and dogs.... ;)
The house we are attempting to buy has electric heat so I'm thinking a wood stove is in our future. However it is an extremely well insulated house so I can't really count on a lot of heat going through the floor from the finished basement to the main level. I wonder if convection through the stairway will be enough.
Have you considered infrared heating for the floor/carpets?
If I can't heat the whole house with a wood fire, my next choice would be a two zone mini split.
while electric radiation seems to gain a renesaince for renewable enegries (night storage heating - technicaly know as off-peak heating... this contain why: 'store' electricity when the wind blows)...
I personaly would rather heat with open fire:
the tempearture of the stove is rather high, dust comes inside, gets burnt.
once you're around, and demand the heat, its going to blow out the burnt dust, and you can have fun with it inside your nose, etc.
Septic inspection for the new place was completed yesterday. This system has soooo much more capacity than the one at our current home -- they've got a 1000 gallon tank and a 1000 gallon overflow tank and a 1000 gallon pump chamber feeding 375 linear feet of drainfield, with a designated location for 375 additional linear feet of expansion drainfield.
All of this for a 1600 sqft, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house.
We're signing the contract today. All that's left now is for all of the mortgages on both sides to clear. Those of you who are willing to do so, please pray for those hurdles to be cleared.
That's great news, IG!
A premature mazel tov, all willing!
Miraculously, the sellers accepted it without a quarrel and we signed the contract this morning.
Great news, IG!
Tomorrow is the appraisal on our current home. I've heard of those causing problems too. Hopefully this one won't be an issue because we are selling a well maintained home at a fair price and the buyers put 10% down (actually they're downsizing, so hopefully they're putting more than 10% down from a mortgage point of view).