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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-02-2015, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Radiant floor heat?

If a camp is built with hydronic floor heat in a slab foundation wouldn't you need to keep the heat on all winter? This type of heat seems like a good idea but wouldn't it be a pain to drain it if that's even possible.

Does anyone have this type of heat in their camp and how do you like it?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-02-2015, 11:31 AM
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Re: Radiant floor heat?

You can always add glycol (antifreeze) to the system when you fill it. You would also need to check the glycol levels every season to make sure you had no freeze ups.
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Re: Radiant floor heat?

Glycol works to keep the system from freezing. However, it decreases the efficiency of the heat transfer.

It is important to check the tubing/piping in the system. Not all tubing is created equal in respect to anti-freeze. If not compatible the tubing's life will be shortened.

I am building a 3 car garage with a 36' X 20' outside concrete dog run and I am facing these issues in installing radiant heat- inside and outside.
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Re: Radiant floor heat?

I have it in my basement of new home and enjoy very much. Others mentioned the additive but do you really want to take that chance? If for some reason it didn't work kind of hard to repair a split pipe in the middle of 4" of concrete.
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