Pros and Cons of Radiant Floor Heating
I live in Western New York (Climate Zone 5) in a 1880 balloon framed, stacked stone foundation ~3000 sq ft farmhouse. Currently the house has a hydronic system with a brand new high efficiency boiler, Amtrol Boilermate indirect water heater and cast rads. I also recently installed a wood burning insert that is able to solely heat the house for approximately 3 months a year, and augments the boiler the rest of the year. The house has clapboard siding covered by cement asbestos shingles, there’s no sheathing, true 2×4 walls with poorly blown in cellulose insulation, almost total lack of attic air sealing and insulation. As you would imagine the house is quite leaky/drafty. There are significant and obvious improvements that will be made with the envelope and insulation, but it will never qualify as a well insulated/tight home and that’s okay.
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