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Heating Systems 101

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

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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

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Construction: radiant heat, water system most efficient; in walls and under ceramic tile floors (Energy.gov)

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Radiant Floor Heating

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

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Solar Heating Just Got Stylish: Innovative Glass Roof Tiles for Energy-Efficient Homes (Fres Home)

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Compost Heat Your Home (see source) Also - http://www.instructables.com/id/Compost-Heating-System/ And - http://www.offgridworld.com/the-power-of-compost-can-you-power-heat-your-off-grid-home-with-compost/

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How Much Does Radiant Floor Heating Cost?

Radiant floor heating, popular in new construction, provides comfort, efficiency and doesn’t circulate dust and allergens. It's also a viable retrofit option.

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