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Converting to two zone heating?

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MrsFlatbread
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Converting to two zone heating?

anyone do this? cost? inconvenience? Recommendation?

we currently only have one zone heating and the heating system shuts off when the downstairs reaches a certain temp leaving the upstairs freezing....our house is made for two zone heating for sure.

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Posted 12/6/10 9:44 AM
 
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Re: Converting to two zone heating?

great question, we have the same issue and would like to have it done as well

Posted 12/6/10 10:23 AM
 

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Re: Converting to two zone heating?

We actually converted to 3 zone heating. I have a cape with an extension. The extension is on it's own zone (there is a wood stove in there), the original part of the house is split between two zones - one for each floor.

We got all new baseboards in the entire as well, so I'm not sure what the price would be if you were just switching, what I paid wouldn't be the same for you, but it was about $2000 for the whole thing.

I can tell you it made a big difference in our heating bill.

Posted 12/6/10 10:36 AM
 

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Re: Converting to two zone heating?

Posted by MrsFlatbread

anyone do this? cost? inconvenience? Recommendation?

we currently only have one zone heating and the heating system shuts off when the downstairs reaches a certain temp leaving the upstairs freezing....our house is made for two zone heating for sure.




we have the same problem, its so annoying Chat Icon

Posted 12/6/10 11:20 AM
 

neener1211
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Re: Converting to two zone heating?

DH is planning on doing this. He said he has to buy something for the boiler (not sure what) but then has to buy wire and the thermostat. He said it was fairly inexpensive, he just has to do it.

He also changed out our existing thermostat when we moved in, and also moved the location of it. That was fairly cheep as well, around $200.

Posted 12/6/10 11:33 AM
 

ChrisDee
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Re: Converting to two zone heating?

We went from 1 to 3. My dad and DH did it. There is NO downside. It is awesome!!!

Posted 12/6/10 12:57 PM
 

LMFitz
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Re: Converting to two zone heating?

We went from 2 zones to 3 in our last house....DH did it himself. All he needed was to install another circulator and thermostat and re-install one pipe. It took him about a day - and because he did it himself, cost us a couple of hundred bucks.

Totally worth it, no matter the cost.

Posted 12/6/10 1:20 PM
 

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Re: Converting to two zone heating?

did you have to open up a wall to do it? my dh claims we would have to and i dont really want to do that now..i would like to put the kids room upstairs on a separate thermostat

Posted 12/6/10 2:26 PM
 

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Re: Converting to two zone heating?

Posted by drewsgirl

did you have to open up a wall to do it? my dh claims we would have to and i dont really want to do that now..i would like to put the kids room upstairs on a separate thermostat



You need to get the thermostat wire from the new zone to the boiler, so there is the potential for wall damage, unless you can run the wires without making holes (which is usually not easy)

Posted 12/6/10 2:38 PM
 

drewsgirl
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Re: Converting to two zone heating?

Posted by GoldenRod

Posted by drewsgirl

did you have to open up a wall to do it? my dh claims we would have to and i dont really want to do that now..i would like to put the kids room upstairs on a separate thermostat



You need to get the thermostat wire from the new zone to the boiler, so there is the potential for wall damage, unless you can run the wires without making holes (which is usually not easy)



thanks!

Posted 12/6/10 2:45 PM
 

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Re: Converting to two zone heating?

We went from 2 to 3. MIL's boyfriend is a plumber so all we had to do was pay for the parts. We bought high output baseboards for the 3rd zone because it was so cold up there all the time. I think it cost us about $800 for the parts.

Posted 12/6/10 3:40 PM
 

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Re: Converting to two zone heating?

Posted by drewsgirl

did you have to open up a wall to do it? my dh claims we would have to and i dont really want to do that now..i would like to put the kids room upstairs on a separate thermostat



We had to cut a hole in our basement ceiling. You need to be able to get the copper pipes from the boiler to the new baseboard. We made a small hole in the basement ceiling and then ran the pipes up thru the hall closet up to the second floor.

Posted 12/6/10 3:42 PM
 

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Re: Converting to two zone heating?

I think it is easier if you have baseboard heating. If you have forced air it gets very expensive.
I actually looked into this because we have the same issue and was told that they would need to open up almost all the walls to get to the ductwork. I was quoted around $8K for it. Our house is also similar to a split so that is also why it would be $$$ and they would need to open up walls.

Posted 12/6/10 4:09 PM
 
 

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