When installing a heated floor under carpet, it is important to consider the thermal resistance of the materials used. The overall thickness of any materials above the heater, including underlays and overlays, should be taken into account. The carpet should be at least 1/4" thick but no more than 1" thick. The underlay should have low thermal resistance, and the carpet should be hessian backed for efficient operation of the system. Felt underlay should be avoided as it may hinder the performance of the system. Any type of carpet padding can be used as long as it has a density of 6 pounds per cubic foot or more. Most good quality rebounded polyurethane and prime polyurethane have a density of 8 pounds per cubic foot or more. The R-value of the carpet over the foil heater should not be greater than 1. Underfloor heating can be used with carpet flooring, but certain considerations need to be taken into account. The type of carpet, tog ratings, and carpet underlay can impact the efficiency of the heating system. However, using carpet with underfloor heating has benefits such as making a room feel cozy and reducing the circulation of dust compared to radiators. Certain types of carpet, such as those with hessian backing instead of rubber, are recommended for use with underfloor heating. Thick carpets may not allow the heat to travel effectively. The article discusses the importance of choosing the correct carpet for a heated floor system. It mentions that the insulation provided by the carpet can reduce the efficiency of the heating system. To determine if a carpet is suitable for underfloor heating, the article advises checking its tog rating, which is a measure of thermal resistance. The combined value of the carpet and underlay should not exceed 2.5 tog, and preferably less than 1.5 tog for systems with a heat pump. The article provides an example of a carpet with a tog value of 1.23. It also suggests seeking advice from both Nu-Heat design engineers and carpet suppliers when using thick wool and nylon carpets. The article concludes that if the overall tog rating, including the carpet underlay, exceeds 2.5 tog, the underfloor heating system may not perform effectively.
- Minnesota homeowners are turning to radiant heating solutions, like heated driveways, to combat freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall - Benefits of a heated driveway include never having to shovel snow again and keeping the driveway clear of ice and snow - No need to hire snow removal services or purchase ice-melting chemicals - Increased safety with a clear driveway and reduced risk of slipping on icy surfaces - Radiant floor heating can be achieved using heated water or electrical cables - There are two types of radiant floor heating: electric heating and hydronic heating - Cost of installing a heated driveway ranges from $14 to $24 per square foot - Average cost for a 2-car driveway is between $8,960 and $15,360 - Ongoing costs to run a heated driveway are low, depending on the electricity used - Heated driveways can last for decades with minimal maintenance - Consider installing heated walkways and patios for additional safety - Warmup offers state-of-the-art winter protection products, including heated driveways, for convenience and safety - Additional details or text related to heated driveways in Minnesota are needed to provide a comprehensive summary
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Here is the revised list of relevant options for heating and cooling a deck: - Radiant heating (electric or gas) - Propane heaters - Roof structures for heat retention - Shade from roof structures, pavilions, and gazebos - Fans for cooling - Pergolas, umbrellas, awnings, and sails for shade - Misting systems for cooling with water mist - Material of the deck affecting heat retention (e.g., vinyl decks reflect sunlight and are cooler than composite decks) - Lighter deck board color to help with heat - Fire pits (gas-burning or wood-burning) - Chimineas (portable fire pits with a chimney) - Portable outdoor space heaters - Strip heaters (tall heaters mounted to a wall or overhang) - Tabletop heaters for localized heating - Heated decking (smaller strip heaters that heat a smaller radius) These options can enhance the enjoyment and year-round use of outdoor decks in various climates.