Relocate radiator or install in-floor heating for 360 square feet?

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Posted by: from Toronto
11/4/2014 at 12:45:39 PM

We are planning on moving our kitchen to the family room area at the back of the house. The family room is about 24' by 15', with three floor-to-ceiling double french doors facing south. It is heated by two cast iron rads (water based system) approximately 25" high, 35" long and 6" deep, and are located beside the doors on the eastern and western wall. See picture attached.

I can't think of a place to re-locate the one rad in the kitchen space, so am considering in floor heat. Can I go with an electric based system with this sized room? Keep in mind I'm keeping the other rad in the "new" family room area.

The main consideration is to make sure the room is warm enough during Toronto winters.

Any ideas for re-locating the rad is also welcome.

Relocate radiator or install in-floor heating for 360 square feet?
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Date/Time11/4/2014 at 2:59:15 PM

It is possible to install an electric radiant heat product into the space. There are some questions that need to be answered before you can plan a system. You will have to know that the existing sub-floor is, whether wood or concrete, if it's heated below or on grade, what material you would like to install over the system. Also, you will have to have your kitchen layout nailed down when you design the heat system.

I would recommend that you contact a local contractor who will work with you to ensure that you are getting good information.

Electric radiant heat has to be on a designated electrical source of it's own, so you must make sure that you can run a new wire from your main breaker box, and that you will have room for a new breaker on the box. A 120V system will take up less space on your breaker box, but it will be more money than a 240V system.

I hope that information is helpful.

Nathan Sawchuk

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Date/Time11/4/2014 at 10:21:18 PM


The information you received in response is correct.

I have installed many of these systems in renovation projects.

Good luck with your reno.

James Fram

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