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radiant heating in sunroom tile floor; hydronic or electric

Posted by Arthur on May 28th, 1998 08:35 PM

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I am currently in the process of converting my deck into a four season sunroom and wish to use radiant heating in the ceramic tile floor. I live in the Niagara Falls region and I need information, pro and con for hydronic and electric radiant floor heating system. The room is 225 sq.ft. in area and will be adequately insulated with 4' of exterior foam and 10" of fiberglass in the 2x10 joists.

I have heard of a hydronic system using the existing gas water heater as the heating source with a simple bypass system and using a small pump for circulation. Is electric radiant heating better?

Are these good? noisy? cost effective? adequate for heating such a room? Would conventional hot air ducts extended from the existing central forced air heating system be better?

Anyone with hands-on experience please reply.

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