a) I would prefer radiant heat because it keeps your feet warm and doesn't
b) Your contractor is probably wrong about it being "more efficient" if it
c) ... unless he means "more efficient" but it will cost you 2-4 times as
much because it is electric.
Hope this helps,
PS: Don't let your contractor scam you with false promises of efficiency.
As him for TCO (total cost of ownership) numbers. I bet you baseboard is
cheaper per BTU.
Well, thank you all for your insights. My home is oil/baseboard hot
water heating and my kitchen is very small, so the contractor believes
removing the large radiator will save us space for cabinets, seating,
etc. There are basically two options available to me:
1. Baseboard toe-kick heating, whereby a small fan moves the heated air
from behind the cabinets to small vents located at the front (at your
toes). Sounds like a lot of wasted energy heating the bottom of my
2. Radiant heat under the tile within the new mud floor job. They
would install a new heating zone just for the kitchen and place the
thermostat in a good location.
He claims that the radiant heat is a better option because it's more
efficient in this application, and more comfortable, and since either
way the zone would have to be drained and the pipe cut, I might as well
just do it. He claims the plastic piping is fine for the temperature
the oil burner will dish out. He also says he wouldn't place piping
under the fridge or cabinets because that's a waste, but there would be
more near the door. I don't know about cost-efficiency... the house is
very tight and new. I'm not sure about the thermostat location either,
or how low I will be able to let it go while maintaining a reasonable
Does anyone have any thoughts about what this guy has told me? Is he
nuts about the temperature or comfort level?
William Deans wrote:
Sounds like a good setup. PEX Tubing is good for the application in the
radiant heat as it can take 180 degrees.
In my house the coldest part of the floor is near the door so having a bit
more heat there is probably a very good idea. In my house, the baseboard
heating does very little and the vents are closed. Heating the room is not
a consideration, but with a ceramic floor, it would be very nice to have it
warmed a bit. It only have to reach 100 degrees to feel comfy with bare
What is your boiler set to 170- 180? 190? go look at it. You do not
want to be able to cook food on your floor plus you will ruin your
floor. Get a real hvac pro out who will calculate and know what is
right, not guess. Sounds like your contractor is a will doitall hack.
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