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    Default Breezeway

    we have a nice breezway , and just put in 4 new windows . It is really cold out there , what do you think the best way to heat it. There is no insulation

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    Default Re: Breezeway

    Howdy consider addin insulation and hopefully the sun hits the windows passive solar

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    Default Re: Breezeway

    Since a breezeway isn't usually occupied why try to heat it. Just having it enclosed to block the wind while going to the garage(I assume)would be nice.

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    Default Re: Breezeway

    we are wanting to make it a smoking room . and yes we do use it alot in tgeh summer , it has chairs and table and ceiling fan

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    Default Re: Breezeway

    Do you intend to do this as a diy project, or to hire a contractor??

    A good starting point may be to consult the Yellow Pages under "General Contractors" and have two or three different contractors come over to evaluate what is needed in regards to insulation, heating, etc., with each one offering a written price estimate.

    What type of central heat do you have in the main house now; what is the square footage of the breezeway;what is the height; what is the total square footage of all the glass (windows); how many doors (glass/solid); is the breezeway floor the usual concrete/stone, or something else; is there any insulation in there now; do you get a lot of sun (east/west orientation of walls/glass) during the day???

    An initial step is to try & get an idea of what is the heat loss for the breezeway by running the above measurements thru a HEAT LOSS CALCULATOR.

    Insulation is then added to the breezeway to hold the heat that has to be installed to make the room reasonably comfortable.

    To heat an average house requires approx. 30 to 40 btu/sq.ft.; because of the typical concrete floor & lge amt of window glass, a breezeway can require anywhere from 40 to 90 btu/hr per sq.ft.---a stone or concrete floor is like a block of ice that makes it very difficult to heat breezeways.

    In addition, some kind of exhaust fan to expel the accumulated smoke (and unfortunately a lot of the heated air with it) would be needed to avoid a buildup of stale smoke & cigarette smoke tars & nicotine on the walls & furniture.

    Please post back with requested info & we will calculate a heatloss estimate.

    Also Google "Breezeway construction questions" & click onto "tractor point" site for some construction issues associated with breezeways.
    Last edited by NashuaTech; 12-16-2010 at 12:06 PM.

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    Default Re: Breezeway

    Insulation and a ductless split system heat pump might work.

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    Default Re: Breezeway

    yes thanks that is what we went with

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