Loft Conversions: Your Heating Options
Converting the loft space in your home can help you to make the most of the space inside your home. If you want to transform the loft space in your home so it can be used for another purpose such as an office space, an entertainment centre or an additional bedroom, you will need to think about how you heat the space. Read on to discover some of the options available to you.
Central heating system
If you already have a central heating system, extending it to the loft can make a big difference. An HVAC contractor can install additional pipes, valves and radiators needed to set up this system. On the plus side, you will be able to use a smaller system than you have in the rest of the house and will have less gas to worry about. On the other hand, central heating can be expensive, so it is best to only use when absolutely necessary.
This is a self-contained unit which can are attached to the baseboards in your attic. They warm the room by sucking in cold air from the floor, which is then heated and expelled from the top of the unit. As the hot air rises, it warms the room. A big advantage of using a baseboard heater is that they do not take up a lot of space, which can be a big plus if your loft space is quite small.
Fan space heaters
If you are in a smaller space and have a smaller space heater, a fan space heater is your best bet. These self-contained units use electricity to heat coils. A fan blows air over the coils so it is warmed before it enters the room. While space heaters are a quick way of heating a room, they can drive up your energy bills when used for an extended period of time.
If you opt for underfloor heating, an HVAC contractor will install a network of pipes beneath the floor of the loft. These pipes carry water, which is pumped from your hot water system. As the water travels underneath the floor, the floor is warmed, and the radiant heat warms the rest of the room.
If you would like further advice and information about the various heating solutions outlined above, you should contact a local HVAC company. A contractor will be happy to discuss your current needs before offering help and assistance.