Basement Floor Heating: Q&A

 


Article by: Gil Strachan

I am seeking some current info on the latest technology for basement floor , Kitchen Cabinets - Reface Or Replace? heating systems. We are planning on building , How Long to Install a New Roof? a new home , Create a Joyful with Living Accessories: Houseplants and I did like what my wife and I saw built into the house , Six Carpet Care Tips the students from Quinte built in Belleville.

A few questions about such a system:

1. Cost analysis of home , Avoid a Nightmare; Hire a Qualified Building Contractor heating using hot water , Things to Consider when Buying a Hot Tub or Jacuzzi Tub forced hot air , How To Shop For A Cuckoo Clock vs. Heating with a gas , What are the True Costs of Building and Owning an In-ground Swimming Pool? fired unit (a high efficiency unit)

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2. The availability of zone heating control in the basement , How Your Light Fitting Could Save You Money! area and whether this is necessary or just an excellent feature?

Again, somewhat dependant on design , Heavy Taffic Reveals True Grit! - and installation costs versus projected fuel savings, should be considered. Many over-designed systems are not recouping their initial cost in the form energy , Fireplaces and FInding one the Right way savings. A lot of them just aren't that much better than more conventional types. The Ontario Ministry of Energy, , Spring Cleaning Tips - Washing Walls Natural , Memory Foam History...Astronauts, Racehorses and Bed Sores Resources Canada, and CMHC are some of the better sources of information. , Is Laminate Flooring Your Choice? CMHC publishes catalogues of free and priced publications on home , Spring Cleaning Tips - Washing Walls heating. Call , Horizontal Blinds Enjoy Real Wood, Vinyl, Or Aluminum the CMHC Regional Office in Kingston at 613-547-0066 for a free catalogue of publications.

3. Who are the major manufacturers , Make Your Kitchen Sparkle With A Glass Washing Brush in today's modern technological in-floor basement , Granite counter tops Part.I heating systems?

4. What sort of warranties are offered with such systems.

There are several different manufacturers , Autumn Wreaths Mark The Season of in-floor heating systems. I suggest you approach one or more reputable local , Where Did We Get Clocks From Anyway? heating contractor, , Bath Tubs & Bathing: which Bath to Choose? and discuss your alternatives. Most heating systems installers are very knowledgeable about their product , Do it Yourself Home Repair - How to Get Started lines, warranties, etc., and actual installation alternatives with different systems.

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Everything can be controlled, for a price! Water , Improving your Home with New Windows conditioning is an extra installation cost to be weighed, although non-metalic tubing is used now for hydronic distribution, and boilers have come a long way since Grandpa stoked the big one in the cellar!

6. If one is installed, and later decides that due to mechanical failure after waranty, only uses the gas , Create a Joyful Home with Living Accessories: Houseplants hot water , Built In Home Appliances for forced air , Heavy Taffic Reveals True Grit! heating for the upper portion of the house, , Built In Home Appliances do economics still point to having one installed in the first place , How Your Light Fitting Could Save You Money! or go with the gas , Is Laminate Flooring Your Choice? fired furnace and live without having a heated concrete basement , Things to Consider when Buying a Hot Tub or Jacuzzi Tub floor?

See numbers 4 and 5.

Recommendations on types of good installations

See number 4.

Any unusual preventative maintenance required by the homeowner.

Not that I'm aware of, at least not with modern, standard systems.

Gil, I hope I haven't burdened you with too much but the more info we have on these systems the better we will be able to make a "dollar and sense" decision. Thanks for any ideas you might have.

R.P.

I would have liked to be more specific, but there are so many type, style, cost, and efficiency issues involved, we'd be on here for weeks! I think the best place , Do it Yourself Home Repair - How to Get Started to start is with the CMHC catalogue of publications. Get as much material/data as you can on the subject, and discuss some of the alternatives with some installers. I think cost of installation vs. lifespan vs. running efficiency are going to be your three main items to weigh against each other. BUT again, the concept of heating the basement floor , How Long to Install a New Roof? (from a comfort and efficiency point of view) just can't be argued! It is in my opinion, simply the best way to heat. , Built In Home Appliances
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