How To - Heat Source Selection
What Heat Source Should you Choose for your in-floor heating system?
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Choosing a Heat Source for your in-floor heating system
The Pex Pipes and Hydronic Distribution Installation will not heat your home alone, you need to add a heat source.
The easiest, most common heat source is an on-demand water heater, rated for radiant in-floor heating.
These come in 2 main options: Electric and gas (both propane and natural gas)
The average new home, built to code, with in-floor heating as the only source of heat, in Minnesota, requires about 22-25 BTUs per square foot to keep warm. The gas heaters are rated by BTUs. If your house fits these criteria: take your square footage times by 25 BTUs for total BTUs needed.
For electric water heaters, using the same criteria, you will need about 7kw for every 1,000 sq ft of heated space.
It is Easy to do a dual fuel and/or off peak heating with HUG Hydronics in-floor heating system.
Hugh the Ducky's 5 steps to Off-Peak Bliss
- Contact your electric company to discuss how they do duel fuel/off-peak, and sign up. Ask about rebates. (Right now our local power co-op is offer $400 rebate in addition to the Federal rebate of $300).
- Order our system sized to your home/building.
- Order both the electric and gas heaters (drop a note to our sales team that you are doing dual fuel/off peak and they will have your HUG Hydronics in-floor heating unit configured for both your heaters before it's shipped to you).
- Install the heaters and HUG Hydronics In-floor heating system, according to instructions, but setting both pumps 9 & 10 up as heat source pumps.
- Set up the off-peak/dual fuel connection as your electric company instructs.
- Relax and enjoy your savings!