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Old 08-24-2013, 10:45 AM   #21
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Perhaps I missed it if this was mentioned, but you can't combine heating and air conditioning with floor heating like you can with forced air. Living in Michigan, I did without AC for years, but increasingly it is a necessity in these parts.
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Actually, I think you can to some degree by running cold water through the slab in the summer. I don't because ours is in a walkout basement which stays quite cool in the summer but I recall reading about it when I was looking into radiant.
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Actually, I think you can to some degree by running cold water through the slab in the summer. I don't because ours is in a walkout basement which stays quite cool in the summer but I recall reading about it when I was looking into radiant.
The result would be a sopping wet floor, as the water vapor in the warm air condensed on the floor. In a forced air, air conditioning system there is a drain pipe that takes the condensation off the evaporator and sends it to a drain.
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I have in floor heat in my basement and master bathroom. My first winter I kept it pretty toasty, until I got a $700 propane bill for 3 weeks. I thought it was going to be more efficient than that. I turned it way down in the basement just so it'd take the chill off the tile floor. My bathroom is kept a bit warmer. I put a cat bed in there and my cats love to nap there during the day. I like it but it's a luxury.
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Our daughter had basement in-floor installed-her bills sky rocketed also. Turns out they had a bad install and replaced the type of boiler and are fine now.

If we proceed with this, our builder would install a backup gas forced air along with the central air conditioning. Seems silly in some respects to install two heat systems but at least we would have a backup if something happened to the in floor system.
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The result would be a sopping wet floor, as the water vapor in the warm air condensed on the floor. In a forced air, air conditioning system there is a drain pipe that takes the condensation off the evaporator and sends it to a drain.
I'm not sure if your are right or not but your post caused me to look back to what I had seen before. It looks like they run cold water through the floor prior to going into the domestic hot water system during the summer. It partially cools the floor and slightly preheats the water. See items 4 - 7. Item 7 addresses your post.

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We're thinking about a master bathroom remodel in the next year or two and including in floor heating under tile. Sounds like it would be really nice in the winter. Given it's just a small area we're talking electric and having it come on in the morning when we get up and maybe right before bed.

I'd love to hear about anyone's experience with this variation.
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I'm not sure if your are right or not but your post caused me to look back to what I had seen before. It looks like they run cold water through the floor prior to going into the domestic hot water system during the summer. It partially cools the floor and slightly preheats the water. See items 4 - 7. Item 7 addresses your post.

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They just run incoming water through the floor before it hits the water heater. So, it adds a tiny bit of cooling and preheats the water before the water heater. Small temperature difference, small amount of condensation. I'll stick with my recommendation that if you need air conditioning, you will need a separate system to complement the in-floor heating.



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