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Discussion in 'Home Power and Microgeneration' started by Rich, Apr 25, 2005.

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  1. Rich

    Rich Guest

    My wife is hoping to start a home daycare and use our garage as an activity
    room. We are wondering what sort of heat source to use in the winter months
    for our garage. Do they make corn or wood burning units that sit outside in
    the elements and vent into buildings? Or Is natural gas the way to go?
    what about heated floors, are they possible over existing poured concrete?
    Any tips on insulating around the garage door? the rest of the garage is
    already insulated and sheetrocked. Any comments appreciated. We live in
    Southern Minnesota.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

  2. Vaughn

    Vaughn Guest

    With this particular use (daycare), I would not get too innovative. My
    first choice would be gas.
    While heated floors would be wonderful for the kids to play on, you
    probably want a forced air system that allows you to quickly heat the room. A
    daydare activity center is not normally a 24/7 thing like a home. You only want
    to pay to heat the space while it is in use.
    For fire rules, (YMMV) the door will probably have to remain operational
    unless you have a second exit.

  3. Also, for daycare, as for schools, there may be a requirement for
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