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Old 10-29-2013, 10:43 AM   #161
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I want to get the basic heat working for this winter and realized the same thing. My system is running of the bus battery and I plan to move it all to a house battery. For this winter I will use the existing heaters in the bus, just move how everything is powered. Next year I will start to add in floor heat and replace the bus heaters.

One question I had is how do you have it setup to drain the in floor heat, in case you have down time in the winter?

I also have the same issue with Durango, he like a cold floor. He spend his time on my tile floor in the winter.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:24 AM   #162
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One question I had is how do you have it setup to drain the in floor heat, in case you have down time in the winter?
I'm using antifreeze designed for radiant heat. Good to -30 or so. If it gets that cold around here I'll have other things to worry about
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Love it!! Definitely my plan for my next conversion. I like how you are doing it as well.
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:18 PM   #164
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One question I had is how do you have it setup to drain the in floor heat, in case you have down time in the winter?
I'm using antifreeze designed for radiant heat. Good to -30 or so. If it gets that cold around here I'll have other things to worry about
My diesel heater puts out 170 degress. I was told that is too hot for in floor heat, I should heat water in a water heater to 120. Then use that to heat the floor. I guess I will need two because I don't want to bath in antifreeze.
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As long as your pex is rated for it, your fine.

Can you turn it down?

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No, there isn't an adjustment for the thermostat. There is a 160 degree replacement for it.

With 170 degrees wouldn't that be a little too hot on your feet.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:08 PM   #167
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No, there isn't an adjustment for the thermostat. There is a 160 degree replacement for it.

With 170 degrees wouldn't that be a little too hot on your feet.
What if you ran that 170 degree through a small heater core with small fan to pull air through? That should knock down the temp a bit AND heat the air a bit, making the floor do less work. Heck it may be more efficient too. What do you think?
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No, there isn't an adjustment for the thermostat. There is a 160 degree replacement for it.

With 170 degrees wouldn't that be a little too hot on your feet.
What if you ran that 170 degree through a small heater core with small fan to pull air through? That should knock down the temp a bit AND heat the air a bit, making the floor do less work. Heck it may be more efficient too. What do you think?
I'm planning to use a heater core with the in floor heat. The diesel heater keeps the water between 156 - 167. I was going to use it to heat water in a water heater to 120 for the floor. I thought I read somewhere 170 was to hot for the floor.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:27 PM   #169
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If you run it through a heater core before the floor, it is going to cool a bit going through the core as the air will pull some of the heat off it. Before routing 2 systems and such check temps coming OUT of heater core.... Try changing air flow and see what effect it has on temps. Who knows, you may get lucky and hit your target without a ton of extra effort.
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To hot for the floor would also depend on floor covering, ect. Hard wood would show damage from such temps being run, while tile, or in slab would love the extra heat.

I like the Ida of running it through the heater core first.

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