Take On The Role Of A Contractor In Your Home

As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.

Solar Power Radiant Floor Heating Keeps You Warm And Saves You Money

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A lot of people are looking for a way to make sure that their house is nice and warm while still saving money on their heating bills. One way to do that is to use solar radiant floor heating. 

Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating uses tubes that are laid under the floor. The tubes get hot water pumped through them. The hot water heats up the floor. The heated floors then radiate heat up into the rooms, which is what warms up the house. Radiant floor heating means that you put your feet down on a nice warm floor. It also means that your house is going to have a more even heat, since it's radiating up into the house and not being blown around. 

Solar Radiant Floor Heating

Solar radiant floor heating works the same way as regular radiant floor heating does. However, instead of using a boiler to heat up the water, it uses the power of the sun to heat up the water. 

There are some different ways to use solar power to heat up the liquid used to heat up your house. Because one way to heat up water for solar radiant heating is to use tubes that are out on a roof, the liquid may have some antifreeze added in, especially in areas where the temperature regularly drops below freezing. Cold weather isn't necessarily an impediment to using solar radiant heating since it depends more on the power of the sun than the ambient temperature. 

When the liquid does run in tubes that are on the roof to be exposed to the sun, they aren't just stuck up there willy-nilly. The water runs through a long black tube since black absorbs sunlight really well, which will get the water nice and hot. The tube generally isn't put straight onto the roof. It usually runs through some kind of solar collector or solar panel. The collector or panel helps to get the heat from the sun directed towards the liquid-filled tube.

The nice thing about using a collector or panel to place the tube on your roof is that the solar collector or panel can also be used to run the pump to circulate the water through through tubes under your floor. You can also use that generated power to help power the rest of your house. 

Keeping your house warm is important. Trying to save money while you are doing it can be very helpful. Using solar radiant floor heating is one way to do both. Speak with professionals like Custom Comfort for more information.

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24 December 2015