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Heating a Basement

Posted by sjazz on December 30th, 2002 01:17 PM

I know, weird subject. We're coming down the homestretch in building a house in Mass. It's an oversized ranch at 77' x 55' (at widest/longest runs). We've yet to have water/electic installed (they tell me 'this week'), therefore no permanent heat (hydroair). Now that it's winter, it's absolutely freezing in the basement. Even with temp. propane heaters for the plasterers, it was still VERY cold in the house and in the basement especially. Can someone allay my fears that when the permanent heat is up and running, that it'll somehow keep the basement warm enough to prevent the pipes from freezing? My contractor doesn't seem concerned to this point, but then again he's real busy trying to keep all the subs close to schedule. Also, all the ductwork for the hydroair is run from the attic, so there is nothing pumping heat directly into the basement. Can someone ease my mind so I can enjoy the new home?

ps. I'm also posting this on the bulletin board. Thanks again!

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