Originally Posted by J E Custom
That sounds like a first class system !!!
About the coldest it gets down hear is 20o and it only stays that cold for 6 or 8 days a year, so the
electric heater works fine and maintains well.
I have heard of hot water systems working well in the floor also.
The main point was not to have open flame heaters in with all of that powder and primers.
Down hear, radiant heaters are only used in large work areas where it would be impossible
to heat up the entire building. The radiant heaters are normally pointed/aimed at the work
stations to help the employee.
J E CUSTOM
Originally Posted by specweldtom
I use a small 120vac, 750 watt/1500 watt thermostat controlled "milk house" heater. Nothing glows, and a small fan blows the warm air. Sometimes I also use a fan aimed at the ceiling to circulate warm air that collects in the ceiling. The heater has a tip-over cutoff switch. It's not very efficient, and slow to heat a room, but safe. There are much larger "milk house" heaters too, that run on 240vac.
Both you guys are lucky. It gets darn cold here and stays cold (except last winter) and the OP isn't that far from me and in the same temperate zone. December, January, February and early March are cold, usually many days below freezing and some days below 0, with snow and more snow. I tend to sit in front of the fire and vegitate.
No matter what system he uses, he will still have to have a humidifier because any heating drives out the moisture. You ideally want the ambient RH at 50% or a bit better. keeping a room 60 with 50% humidity 'feels' comfortable when a room at 60 with 30% RH feels cold. Reason being is that at 30% RH, your body's fluids are evaporating off your skin and making you feel cold. At 50% RH, that don't happen and you feel comfortable
Electric heat of any type id the most costly per BTU created with oil second, propane third and coal last. Free heat is a woodlot out back but most folks don't have that. With a woodlot and an outside boiler and heat exchangers in the building, heat is basically free.