We have added an addtion on to our house to expand our existing kitchen (first floor) and bedroom (2nd floor). We want to use hydronic radiant floor heat in these areas. We currently have a mix of hot water radiators and electric baseboard in the house.
I have been soliciting estimates on our project. Today, the heating company told me that radiant floor heating can't be used alone if we want the room to be comfortable and began talking about supplemental baseboard radiators for both rooms. No one else has mentioned this.
We keep our thermostat between 62-65 in the winter. We do have a wood stove that runs while we are home and keeps most of the present house comfortable. We don't feel that the house is too cold when we arrive home before we light the stove. We do enjoy a cost savings as the boiler does not run while once the stove gets going.
Should I be wary of a contractor who is insisting on supplementing with baseboard radiators or by the ones who are not proposing this added feature? It was my understanding that the radiant floor heating could be used on its own.