radiant heat in the walls?

Discussion in 'HVAC Heating & Cooling' started by rrekih, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. rrekih

    rrekih New Member

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    I have a low ceiling in the basement.
    I was planing on using hydronic radiant heat panels for the basement.
    The main floor is radiant underfloor heat.
    Instead of using heat panels can I run the pipe up and down the walls and have the whole wall as the heat source?
  2. Dana

    Dana In the trades

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    Radiant walls work, and work well, using the same techniques & materials used for radiant ceilings. Be sure to insulate between the radiant tubing/plates and the foundation/exterior wall. Put the (Canadian code-required) vapor retarder on the warm (interior) side of the insulation.
  3. rrekih

    rrekih New Member

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    I have been thinking of using inside walls????

    Or I have an unique situation, I have built a wall in front of the existing foundation and stud wall.
  4. patsfan78

    patsfan78 Web Development | HVAC

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    Radiant can be done in the walls. It works. But remember people hang pictures, put holes in, run wiring, and abuse walls a lot more than a floor. So the radiant tubing in a wall has more opportunities for damage than it would in a floor. A future potential buyer of the home may not care for it. (A radiator is, obviously, a much more visible object.) Not saying and can't or shouldn't be done, just food for thought.
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