Right now, we have this awesome 18x18+ room in our basement. (When the previous owners built the addition upstairs, they added on to the foundation below, as well.)
The problem is that there is no HVAC in this basement room. It's not a problem in the summer, but in the winter, it will be COLD. The previous owner left a huge wood burning stove in that room, but we don't want to use it because: 1) There is only 7-inch clearance instead of the 21 1/8 inches required as stamped on the unit; 2) the walls around it are regular drywall; 3) my wife's grandparents recently died in a fire in the basement, so she wants the stove out of there as soon as possible, and I agree with her.
So, we need a heat source in that room by winter (it will be our bedroom in about a year after the other baby is born).
We were thinking electric baseboard heat, but does that get expensive? Plus we wouldn't be able to have furniture along those walls with the baseboard heat. And I would have to add a breaker just for the heaters, right?
I would like to extend the HVAC into that room, but I don't know what that would involve. I am a do-it-yourselfer, so is this something that can be done without much risk?
The furnace is about only 15-18 feet away from where I would need it. Would I need just one run of ductwork? (the HVAC in the addition upstairs is just one vent into the room of the same size.)
Can I just stick on the ductwork to an existing duct and that is it?
What about fire prevention? What are the risks?
Would the furnace be able to handle another extention of the ductwork?
WHERE can I learn to do this? I can't imagine it is that tough, and I don't know why they didn't do it when they built the addition. It would just be one run of duct work from the furnace.
It would have to run under the ceiling since there is no room between the ceiling and the floor above.
Oooh, wait, some of the original foundation is still there, so I might have a nice cement wall in the way...
Thoughts? Anywhere anyone can point me?
P.S. When I remove the huge stove, what would I need to know about plugging the outlet into the chimney? Just stick some plywood over it? Or is there a whole process involved in capping the thing?