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Old 08-31-2007, 04:42 PM  
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Hi. Never have "posted a thread" before. I have been arduously (sp?) searching for any ideas/tips on a building a built in type bench over our baseboard heaters. My husband built our modest timber frame and secondary to radiant heat on the main floor, we have some fairly ugly baseboard heat going on in the upstairs. I was hoping to do a built in that would look almost like a widow seat w/ a shallow drawer you could lift up the seat to, and some decorative or metal grilltype work in front of the baseboard on the bottom to allow for the heat. Is this too impractical in that too much heat would be lost (could one use like a type of flashing)?? I can't find ANYTHING on doing this. Thanks in advance on any ideas or tips. PS: should I have just intro'd here and put the inquiry elsewhere....? Kind of challenged on this chat room stuff.



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Old 08-31-2007, 07:14 PM  
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Do you mean a window seat? There should be plans available that could be modified to provide air flow to allow the heat to escape into the room.



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Hi. Never have "posted a thread" before. I have been arduously (sp?) searching for any ideas/tips on a building a built in type bench over our baseboard heaters. My husband built our modest timber frame and secondary to radiant heat on the main floor, we have some fairly ugly baseboard heat going on in the upstairs. I was hoping to do a built in that would look almost like a widow seat w/ a shallow drawer you could lift up the seat to, and some decorative or metal grilltype work in front of the baseboard on the bottom to allow for the heat. Is this too impractical in that too much heat would be lost (could one use like a type of flashing)?? I can't find ANYTHING on doing this. Thanks in advance on any ideas or tips. PS: should I have just intro'd here and put the inquiry elsewhere....? Kind of challenged on this chat room stuff.
I myself would not consider this with Baseboard heaters. Any kind of obstacles in or around a Baseboard heater with restrict the heat movement into the room which will result in cold spots around the room however I have a solution for you. Get rid of the Baseboard heaters and install in wall forced air heaters instead and nice thing about this is you can incorporate this into your window seat.
Just google " Window seats" for plans.
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Old 09-08-2007, 06:14 PM  
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Thanks for the comments -- took me a bit to get back in here.... Ok, please bear w/ me. I talked to the maintenance guy at work to see if he knew what you meant. We don't have any ducts because we have a traditional timberframe, so I am assuming you mean like a independant unit. When I tried to find them on line, I didn't have much luck. Plus the guy at work said that they are very large tall units. This would'nt work as there are large window (basically that cover that whole wall). Could you elaborate more??
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Welcome to the Forum Priscilla:

I have a sister named Drucilla and I can remember a salute for Priscilla and Aquilla. Small world.

It is feasable to build the window seat you want over the baseboard heater. Build it without a front and place a 1 X 8 or 1 X 10 three inches off the floor and 4 or 5 inches out in front of the heater. A piece of aluminum or sheet metal attached at the back, top of the heater and curved up to the front of the bottom of the seat will ease the air out into the living space. Paint the deflector black to keep it from being obvious. Keep in mind though; diverting the heat away from the window like this will allow the window to condense water and maybe even freeze ice on the window in your area. You can help the condensation and heat circulation with a ceiling fan blowing down at a low speed. I wish you the very best and will answer any further questions.

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Here is what I was talking about. I have replaced my Baseboard Electric heaters with one of these and have found they heat faster take up less space. All the home centers I have been in carry them or can get them. There are many syles availible today.
http://www.iap-home.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id= 479&disp_parentID=478



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