02 Nov '12, 3pm

Tips for heating a tight, well-insulated house: by @GBAdvisor

A Different Perspective by Riversong Helpful? 2 Sign in to vote Martin, I just posted the following rejoinder to Alex Wilson's critique of radiant in-floor heating in a tight house: Alex, you suggest radiant floor heating for a high heat-load, drafty house, but a floor at a maximum 85° surface temperature can deliver only 34 btu/hr·sf, which would not be nearly enough for most poorly-insulated (let alone drafty) homes. In a tight house, it's true that the low heat demand would require a lower floor surface temperature, and that might mitigate against the "warm toes" effect. But any surface that is above room air temperature increases the mean radiant temperature (MRT) of a space, and the MRT is at least as important as air temperature in determining human comfort. Human skin has an absorptivity and emissivity of 0.97 - higher than almost any know substance, including matte...

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