are electric hydrinic boilers practical?


Old 06-24-11, 09:08 PM
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are electric hydrinic boilers practical?

i was wandering if an electric hydronic system is practical when you could just have an infloor electric element heat and electric water heater? and do you think if people had free energy devices like the MEG generator than do you think a boiler would be a thing of the past? and instead just have all electric separate systems like some homes do such as electric furnace, water heater, a/c.

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Those electric infloor heating mats are expensive. The electric infloor heating mats make sense for a handful of applications. Where you don't have the room to install hydronic heating below the floor or when your heating system is not a boiler. Otherwise, and electric boiler and copper fin tube baseboard will be a lot cheaper to heat the entire home. I believe the most energy efficient way to heat your home with electric is to use a ground source heat pump.
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If there were such a thing as free would maybe make sense...but since there isn't, it doesn't.
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Unfortunately, the "MEG" generator, and any other device, can't produce "free" energy without more energy input than output. It is either a hoax or a scientific misunderstanding. More info: Motionless electromagnetic generator - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Solar panels are about as close to free energy as you can get. All you have is the upfront cost which would be the same as that MEG generator is it actually worked. Unfortunately, solar panels are quite expensive at this point in time and you would need a massive field to provide the amount of energy needed to power all those electrical heating appliances.
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There is no point in wasting heat by heating water that will then be used to heat air. (In heating the water you have losses in container and associated pipework) If you go for electric, go quartz radiant, this is the most economic form of electric heating.
If you must have underfloor electric heating, make sure you have at least eight inch thick polystyrene or similar below the element to avoid loosing too much heat downwards.

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