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Radiant Floor Space Heating

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Radiant floor heating is the best form of space heating because:
  • It produces the best temperature profile in a room, warm at the floor, cooler near the ceiling.
  • It can use the lowest temperature heating medium, which maximizes efficiency
  • Room thermostats are often set lower when radiant floor heating is used, creating more savings
  • Dirty or dusty air is not blown throughout the house.  Dust settles preventing it from being breathed, improving indoor air quality
  • It is ideal for the use of solar water heating systems, free heat from the sun.
  Hydronic radiant floor
heating tubing laid out in specific
heating pattern prior to a concrete floor pour.

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario.

For existing buildings, there are other methods for installing radiant floors, walls, and ceilings; maximizing the efficient heating of your building.

A plywood panel grooved to receive PEX tubing, and with an aluminum metal layer for heat distribution can be used to install radiant floor heating in new or retrofit installations.

 

 

 

 

 

Gypsum cement panels act as a large mass, radiating heat from red PEX tubing.  The finished flooring mounts directly on top of these gypsum cement panels.

View of gypsum cement panel upside down, with red plastic PEX tubing snapped into groove.

Hardwood or laminate flooring installs on top of the radiant gypsum concrete panels, giving warm, even heat to the room.

To find out more, call Pioneer Systems.

We can do a heat balance for your building, estimate the available solar energy, and show you a computer simulation of the different alternative fuels and systems for heating your building, and how that will change over the next 30 years.

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