Bob's Tip of the Day: Furnaces heat air. If your heating appliance heats water, then it’s a boiler. If your appliance sources heat from the air, the ground, or a water reserve, then it’s one of several types of heat pumps.  If there are ducts through which warm air blows, then you have forced-air distribution. If you have baseboard radiators, your distribution system is hydronic (hot water). If the heat comes from your floors (or walls or ceiling), you use radiant heat distribution.

Bob's Tip of the Day: Furnaces heat air. If your heating appliance heats water, then it’s a boiler. If your appliance sources heat from the air, the ground, or a water reserve, then it’s one of several types of heat pumps. If there are ducts through which warm air blows, then you have forced-air distribution. If you have baseboard radiators, your distribution system is hydronic (hot water). If the heat comes from your floors (or walls or ceiling), you use radiant heat distribution.

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Cozy Floor Heating Systems Electric Radiant Heating Systems for Tile, Stone and Wood Floor Warming

Cozy Floor Heating Systems Electric Radiant Heating Systems for Tile, Stone and Wood Floor Warming

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Heated Skirting Board - instead of radiators in every room, run the heated pipes all around the perimeter.

Heated Skirting Board - instead of radiators in every room, run the heated pipes all around the perimeter.

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Radiant heated floor diagram.  For sure I will be having radiant heated floors in my forever home.

Radiant heated floor diagram. For sure I will be having radiant heated floors in my forever home.

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Construction: radiant heat, water system most efficient; in walls and under ceramic tile floors (Energy.gov)
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Geothermal heat pumps, or ground source heat pumps (GSHP) have been around for more than half a century. The technology exploits the constant temperatures we find right below the Earth’s surface, either for heating or cooling purposes, and has significantly higher efficiency than electrical heating, furnaces or even air source he

Geothermal heat pumps, or ground source heat pumps (GSHP) have been around for more than half a century. The technology exploits the constant temperatures we find right below the Earth’s surface, either for heating or cooling purposes, and has significantly higher efficiency than electrical heating, furnaces or even air source he

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How to Heat a Garage: Exploring some low-cost options for keeping an attached garage comfortable [pictured: hydronic heating system components]

How to Heat a Garage: Exploring some low-cost options for keeping an attached garage comfortable [pictured: hydronic heating system components]

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