Radiant Heat

Old 01-12-04, 06:13 PM
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Radiant Heat

I am going to be remodeling a kitchen and want to heat the space with radiant heat. I have a Burnham gas boiler with 3 zones. I have been to 2 web sites Radiantec.com and Radiantcompany.com. I believe I will need a mixing valve to reduce the temperature from the boiler to the floor area. Is this a project a do it yourselfer should undertake? From what I have read it 'seems' straight forward.

Any Advice?? Are these sights mentioned above any good/recommended?


Old 01-13-04, 09:25 AM
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If your a DIY and think you can go for it . Do you know how the boiler there works and how to drain and fill it. Just dont get in over your head. Ed
Old 01-13-04, 09:37 PM
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I like the idea too

I dont have a boiler, but would like to know how to do this as I am hopping to remodel our house in a couple years.

Old 01-14-04, 08:04 AM
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Are you planning on taking out the forced air system, and replace it with a boiler to do the radiant heat in your home?

Do you have central A/C? if you do the above, you are going to lose that.

If you want a warm floor in your bathroom or in kitchen, you can buy those electric radiant matt that you lay on your floor before you lay tile down.
Old 01-14-04, 09:23 PM
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Some tankless water heater models can also be used for radiant heating as well as for the hot water. The Takagi TK-1 or TK-2 are good examples. You can get rid of your hot water tank and go tankless at the same time as adding radiant heating. Check it out at www.takagi.com The installation manual shows how to plumb the heater for use in radiant heating apps.

It should not be too difficult for an experienced and confident DIYer to undertake the project . I belive that most radiant heating systems use PEX piping which is pretty easy to work with although the crimping tools are a bit expensive. I have used www.pexconnection.com in the past for PEX pipe and crimping tools.

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