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radiant floors and snow melting

Fred P
Fred P Member Posts: 77
Is this always done with hot water or are there electric radiant floor options for small rooms?

Also Ive seen/heard of radiant heating outside under new concrete for snow melting. I am assuming this is an electric based system due to freezing temps????


  • Mark Hunt
    Mark Hunt Member Posts: 4,909
    Snow melt and radiant floors

    Electric options are available for both, but water is most commonly used.

    Glycol is added to snow melt systems to prevent freezing,

    Quite honestly, unless electricity is REALLY cheap where you live the cost to run an electric snow melt would be ASTRONOMICAL!

    Mark H

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  • Mark Eatherton1
    Mark Eatherton1 Member Posts: 2,542
    Could be astronomical...

    unless you ties it to solar and waste heat recovery and ground source heat pump, in which case the operating costs would be nil, but the construction costs could be astronomical:-) Somewhere in there, there's an R.O.I.

  • Mark Hunt
    Mark Hunt Member Posts: 4,909

    we should take up astonomy!

    That T-50 is sounding sweet!

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  • Snow

    spend 5 to -600 dollars on a snowblower, much more fun and cheaper in the long run!
  • Fred P
    Fred P Member Posts: 77
    no Im not looking to do that

    I was just curious on how it worked(it came up in a conversation yesterday)
  • electrical bills

    my friend has electric radiant heat under his driveway, but has not used for a few years due to very high cost.
    I have radiant floor heat in my kitchen, using hot water from the boiler. It is very nice, thinking of doing it in the bathroom as well. Works best under tiles

    peter l
  • Radiant Wizard
    Radiant Wizard Member Posts: 159

    The answer to your question is yes it is done both ways. Hopefully you own stock in a Nuclear Power Plant so atleast you could get some pay back on the electricity you would use up.

    The most common application is hot water. As for snow melt I only have one piece of advice. Make sure you use a seperated heat source. Snow melt here in NE requires at least 110 btu's per sqft. You do the math. If you don't use a seperate heat source then you end up with a boiler 10 times the size you need.
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