Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Here's How To... Heat a Home

Lots of insulation is certainly the most important key in building a warm house, but thermal mass and solar input can still make a big difference.

One thermal mass system is the thermal rock bed. Air is warmed in a solar panel and blown through a rock bed beneath the house. This is essentially the "forced" air method of solar heat, where the warmth is stored until needed, then blown inside the house.

One of the best ways to use thermal mass is in the form of a radiant floor. A radiant slab is any masonry floor with embedded pipies for hot water heating. Most other heating systems warm only the air, leaving cool surfaces throughout the house that feel like they are sucking the heat away from you. Comparatively, a warm slab underfoot gently releases a steady flow of heat, so the atmosphere feels comfortable even when the air is slightly cooler than normal.

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