Hydronic Heating

Hydronic Heating for Low-Load Houses
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Hydronic Heating for Low-Load Houses

With the right hardware and layout, hot-water heating saves energy and makes ideal... Read more

Hydronic Baseboard Basics
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Hydronic Baseboard Basics

Finned-tube baseboard is the most commonly installed hot-water heating system in... Read more

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Piping Layouts for Hydronic Heat

The design of hydronic heat distribution piping affects overall comfort levels, regardless of boiler efficiency. An engineer describes the pros and cons of four piping layouts for hot-water heat. Read more

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Hydronic Radiant Heat for Wood-Framed Floors

You don’t need to pour a concrete slab to get the benefits of radiant heat. An engineer describes new approaches that combine radiant heating with conventional floors. Read more

Hydronic Heating for Low-Load Houses
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Hydronic Heating for Low-Load Houses

With the right hardware and layout, hot-water heating saves energy and makes ideal... Read more

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Installing a Radiant Wall

Sometimes heavy floor coverings, furniture, or built-ins reduce the area available for radiant heating. This heating specialist shows how to turn walls and ceilings into heat emitters. Read more

Hydronic Baseboard Basics
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Hydronic Baseboard Basics

Finned-tube baseboard is the most commonly installed hot-water heating system in... Read more

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Hydronic Heating Instruction

Solving for Comfort With a 'Smart' Thermostat
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Solving for Comfort With a 'Smart' Thermostat

Tracking temperature, humidity, set point, and equipment runtime can uncover the... Read more

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Q&A: Closing a House for the Winter

I have customers who wants me to build a log home that will be used seasonally, for about two months of the summer and another two months in the winter. During the rest of the year they want to leave the house closed up and unheated. We're at the edge of the Rocky Mountain Front Range in eastern British Columbia, and winter temperatures often fall to 20F. I've discouraged the clients from installing a hydronic heating system because of the difficulty of draining it twice a year (draining the domestic water will be headache enough), but what other potential problems should I be thinking about? I'm concerned that the radical swings in temperature could damage interior finishes Read more

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Insulating a Radiant Slab

How much insulation is necessary under a typical basement radiant slab? Read more

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New Slab Over Old?

Q. I am renovating a barn where the existing concrete floor slopes approximately 6 inches in 30 feet. The architect wants me to build a level floor using wood sleepers with foam insulation in between, then pour a minimum 11/2-inch-thick radiant slab betwe Read more

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Comparing Propane and Oil

Q. Which home heating fuel is usually cheaper, oil or propane? Read more

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