Is in-floor radiant heat and a stand-alone wood stove a good idea?
Happy New years to everyone!
This year myself and my partner are planning on starting a new home in the spring here on the east coast of Newfoundland. It’s a 2 storey with the main floor on grade; no basement. Myself and her have the plans all sorted and are certainly making progress.
We’ve spent alot of time now looking into all the different heating options that are available, and we’ve stumbled at this point. The only definite that we have so far is that we’re installing a wood stove in the middle of the house on the main floor, possibly this one: http://www.quadrafire.com/Products/Adventure-II-Wood-Stove.aspx.
We were originally leaning toward installing in-floor-radiant heating on the main floor and baseboard radiators upstairs. I would like to use Thermatlantics Air-to-water system which runs off a heatpump: http://thermatlantic.com.
Our last home had In-floor-radiant in the basement and we thought it was great. This was ran off a Aquastar boiler from Benjamin Heat, with their dutch oven which was very pricey to install and very expensive to run.
As we research into heating systems further and further, it seems as though we’re moving further and further away from figuring out what’s best to use. Martin’s article has brought alot of stuff to light as well : https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/all-about-radiant-floors.
We’re in a rural area where firewood is abundant so we’re going to take full advantage of that. The woodstove will be the primary source of heat in the winter. Electricity rates are going to just about double in the next few years (long story) so we’re taking this into account as well. The scenario that runs through my head is that we leave the house in the morning, the wood stove burns it’s fuel, the in-floor radiant kicks in and runs until the slab is warm and by that time we’re not too far from returning home in the afternoon, when the stove will be lit again. I’m worried that constantly heating or partial heating of the slab is going to be very inefficient as the radiant system is going to be running quite a bit in the afternoon, especially in the winter when the evenings are short and the sun is low.
There has been a million questions raised as we keep researching but we’ve decided that the first one we need answered is if it would be good to install a stand alone wood stove if we’re also installing the in-floor radiant heat?
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