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Small Home Changes Can Improve Your Family's Health

My husband and I both suffer from allergies and asthma and, unfortunately, two of our children inherited our health problems. Living with both can be a struggle, but we take every step we can to keep our family healthy. One spring, when our seasonal allergies were especially bad, we decided to finally have our carpeting replaced with natural tile flooring and that was a great decision. Even though it seemed like we vacuumed constantly, I guess our carpets harbored more dust and mites than we ever expected! Since then, we have invested in other upgrades to improve our family's health, including antimicrobial kitchen counter tops. I enjoy helping others, so I decided to start a blog to share what we have learned about home upgrades and renovations. I plan to post on a variety of topics, so there will be something of interest to everyone!

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Three Things You Will Want To Know About Your New In Floor Heating System

If you are looking for an affordable way to heat, your home, radiant heating is a great option. New in-floor heating systems offer you heating that is hidden beneath the flooring in your home. This gives you many benefits, such as now heating vents or radiators to work around. It is also very efficient and many technologies can be used for the boiler such as thermal storage, geothermal heat exchange and renewable energy with biomass. If you are planning in-floor heating installed in your home, here are three things that you will want to know:

1. Choosing The Type Of Boiler To Use For Your Heating System

With in-floor heating, you have the choice between many different types of boilers. You may want to have a conventional gas powered boiler if you want to reduce maintenance, this can be combined with things like geothermal technologies to reduce the energy consumption of your boiler. If you do not mind having a little extra maintenance, a biomass boiler is a great option. These systems will cost a lot less to operate than conventional gas boilers, but need more maintenance such as cleaning ash from the firebox and cleaning the chimney.

2. The Best Options For Tubing With In-Floor Heating Systems

You also have many choices for tubing with in-floor heating systems.  Copper is a durable choice of tubing, but can cost a lot more than plastic tubing. With plastic tubing, you will have a more economical solution, but plastic is not as conductive as copper, so there is a small decrease in efficiency. You can also choose between having the tubes set in lightweight concrete, or using special plywood installation systems. The plywood systems disperse the heat better, and are ideal for plastic tubing.

3. Using Geothermal And Thermal Storage To Make Your Heating More Efficient

If you want to make your heating system more efficient, you may want to have a geothermal heat exchanger installed. You can also incorporate thermal storage into the system, which can allow you to use solar collectors to help provide your system with heat. This is a great way to make a gas or electric boiler more efficient, but it can also be used with alternatives like biomass boilers. The thermal storage works by storing the thermal energy in tanks until it is needed to heat your home.

These are some of the things that you will want to know when you have thermal heating installed in your home. If you need help deciding on the best system for your home, contact a heating installation contractor and ask them about some of the options available for your in-floor heating system. To learn more, contact a company like West Country Heating & AC with any questions or concerns you have.