How to Live with Radiant-Floor Heat
One of the benefits of combining a radiant-floor heat distribution system with a concrete slab is consistent indoor temperatures. The high mass of the concrete is relatively slow to change in temperature, so the house shouldn’t experience the constant variations in temperatures that sometimes go along with a forced-air heating system.
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Getting the concrete to the right temperature takes time, and that raises a question about the best strategy at night: Should the thermostat be kicked down to save a little energy while everyone is sleeping, or does that just mean the heating system has to work extra hard in the morning to get the house back to a comfortable level?
That’s question is at the heart of this Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor.
David Meiland thinks there’s a benefit to a nighttime setback. His heating contractor does not. The conversation draws in others who also have had trouble fine-tuning their radiant-floor systems, and it’s the subject of this month’s Q&A Spotlight.
Read the whole article at Green Building Advisor.