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More stories about Heating

  • Choosing a Whole-House Ventilation System

    Homeowners and code officials are beginning to insist on better mechanical ventilation systems. A ventilation expert helps you choose the best system for your climate.

  • Notebook

    High school vo-tech programs in decline; fiber-cement roofing woes; photovoltaic glazing; faulty hvac system proves deadly; more

  • Q&A: Radiant Heat Barriers

    Q: I have seen many ads for radiant barriers designed to save energy. Is there any evidence that these radiant barriers can reduce home energy costs? If so, in what climates are they most effective? How should they be installed?

  • Q&A: Too Much Thermal Mass?

    Q: When designing a radiant floor, can there be such a thing as too much thermal mass? Here in Alaska, we sometimes see the temperature jump from -10°F up to 40°F above in just a few hours.

  • Problem-Solving Products

    Building materials are always changing and so are the tools used to install them. Here’s a look at what’s new and worthy, from foundation to finishes.

  • Q&A: Water Heater Relief Valve Keeps Tripping

    Q: After reading the article "Using Water Heaters for Radiant Heat" (11/98), I decided to replace my boiler with a 75-gallon propane water heater. In general, this is working great, except that about every three weeks the pressure-temperature relief valve, which is rated at 210°F, keeps tripping. I...

  • Q&A: Using Dry Sand in a Radiant Floor

    Q: How do you go about using sand instead of concrete for thermal mass in a radiant floor, as mentioned in the Sept. ’98 article "Hardwood Flooring Over Radiant Heat"?

  • Best-Practice Energy Upgrades

    Here are five cost-effective ways to cut energy costs in new construction and remodels.

  • Installing Direct-Vent Space Heaters

    Proper installation of these fan-assisted units can provide comfortable, energy-efficient heat in room additions and small dwellings.

  • Products

    Noise-reducing batts; cool eye protection; simple cord connector; generator power panel; aluminum fence system; foolproof GFCI receptacle; thin profile radiant heat for tile