How do I provide heating to a room without existing plumbing?

Alot of good ideas. Some bad info though.

Moisture in hot weather/ rooms does make it feel hotter if there is no air movement. On humid days you sweat more and if there is a breeze you will feel cooler. This is due to evaporation and the transfer of heat to the moisture which then evaporates and takes heat away.

The true way to make something cooler is transfer heat away from it. This is how an AC works. You can not make a room cooler without doing this. NONE of the above work to make a room cooler. ALL will work to make it feel cooler. The best answers have been the ice.

Ice absorbs the heat and melts that is it. The air circulating will make things feel cooler.

One neat idea I heard a guy do is to take an old heater coil out of a vehicle and make it attachable to water hoses. He then would run one in and one out while watering his lawn. He put a fan behind it and had a home made heat pump. He would also spray some water on his roof to cause evaporation which...

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This video covers the basics of draining down your heating system to fix leaks, change radiators and move boilers etc. It covers isolating the water supply, venting the system, how to find your drain offs and radiator drop down legs, re filling the system, venting of air and inhibiting.



This switch here turns it off, alright? That's the heating system off. We don't want it coming on or anything like that while we're draining down. The last thing we want is the boiler lighting up, or the pump coming on. It could burn the pump out, it could overheat the boiler and crack the sections. So the first thing you do is make sure that the heating system is switched off. "Ah, but James," I hear you ask in your stupid voice. "How does that pressurised heating system work?" "Well,...

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The following factors determine the cost of full bathroom remodeling:

1. Countertops: There are so many options available—all at various price points. It can be enough to overwhelm and confuse. Luxurious materials (such as marble) or unique materials (such as custom formed concrete or solid glass) will increase the price. So, too, will the labor involved with fancier edge treatments.Your best bet is to consult with your design/build firm and have the design professionals guide you not only on the myriad materials available, but also on what will work best for your particular space and the design you have in mind.

2. Tile: How much tile you opt for will definitely affect the price. And, once again, the type of tile you choose plays a huge role. Keep in mind that intricate patterns cost more in labor, even a diagonal layout will cost more in both labor and material costs. Adding electric floor warmer mats under tile adds cost, but it’s a fantastic feature, especially on...

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Do heating and air conditioning systems really need regular maintenance?

The simple answer is yes. Regular maintenance services and tune-ups can extend the lifespan of your system, increase its working efficiency, and allow technicians the opportunity to catch and address minor issues before they become major problems. This ultimately saves you money in the long-run, not to mention time and stress. When it comes to maintaining your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, making sure there is an unrestricted air flow is the most important.

How often do I need air conditioning and heating maintenance?

At Horizon Services, we recommend that you schedule tune-up services twice a year—once before the start of the summer months and once before winter begins. This can help you avoid unnecessary problems during the hottest and coldest months of the year.

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Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz power supply service. . The real question is what is the feed of the sub-panel? Sure, you can add as many circuits to the sub-panel as you want, but if you exceed the feed to the subpanel it's master breaker will blow and everything connected to the subpanel will go dead.. Let me put it this way: I have a 30A feed to the subpanel for my irrigation system. It has 50A of breakers on it. I haven't had a problem with this, as I have never come close to drawing 50A off that panel. However, if I tried to run the well pump, and the air compressor, and the lights, and, say, some power tools off this panel, I would blow my main breaker. To do that on a regular basis I would have to upgrade the 30A feed.. So yes, you can, but you may have to upgrade the feed to the subpanel. It depends on how well you future-proofed the panel when you installed it.. Also, even if you do upgrade the feed, make sure you don't overload the subpanel or its...

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If your remodel includes installation of a new bathroom, you'll have to install plumbing, but unlike new construction, a remodel involves adapting to existing plumbing. If your house is older, the existing plumbing may be out of date, but that isn't always a good enough reason to replace it, as long as it's functional and you stay in compliance with building codes. Make sure it can handle the supply and waste demands of the new bathroom.

The Toilet

The toilet is arguably the most important part of a bathroom, and it has special waste and venting requirements. Ideally, it should be directly connected to the main soil stack, which is the vertical pipe that runs to the sewer. If it has a 3-inch outlet, however, it must be located within 6 feet of the stack for this to be possible. The most common way to work around this is to connect the toilet waste line to a sink drain, and allow that drain to function as a wet vent. In this case, the sink must be within 6 feet of the...

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If your water is heated by a boiler and stored in a cylinder, chances are your water is heated indirectly. This means you have two hot water systems - a primary circuit and a secondary circuit. In the former, a pipe runs from the boiler to a heat exchanger (usually a coil of copper pipe) inside the hot water cylinder and then back to the boiler.

When the boiler is running, hot water flows continuously around the primary circuit. As the pipes of the heat exchanger warm up, so does the water in the cylinder. This can then be drawn off from the top of the cylinder to supply the hot taps around your house (the secondary circuit).

The hot water cylinder (usually found in an airing cupboard) is kept topped up with water from the cold water storage cistern in the roof. The primary circuit has its own top-up supply of water from a small tank in the roof (known as the feed-and-expansion cistern).

The cylinder's hot water draw-off pipe continues to the roof and...

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So you’re thinking of adding central air conditioning to your home.

But there’s just one problem: there’s no ductwork.

If you are looking to have an AC installed but your home has no existing ductwork, you have 2 options:

Install new ductwork and a central AC system. Homeowners can expect to pay anywhere between $3,000 to $10,000 for ductwork installation. On top of that, the cost of AC installation in Minneapolis is anywhere from $2,800 to $7,000. Install a ductless mini-split AC system. Prices for a ductless AC system and installation range between $2,000-$7,000.

Yeah, we know that’s a wide range. So let’s look at all the factors that affect the cost of adding central AC to a home without ductwork.

Factors that affect the cost of ductwork

When determining the price for ductwork, just remember that the design of your house is the primary cost factor.

To determine what it will cost to install ducts in your home, you and your contractor...

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I have a concrete slab foundation and want to install laminate flooring on top of it. Is there a way for me to heat the slab under the flooring without tearing up the concrete? -Lyle

Hi Lyle,

There are several manufacturers of electric radiant floor heating systems that can be placed directly on top of an existing concrete slab. Some look like wire fencing that you roll out over the floor. I don’t particularly like them, however, because they’re not very energy efficient.

Another option for radiant floor heating that is energy efficient are systems that circulate hot water through small tubes under the floor. These radiant floor heating systems can also be installed on top of a slab before the flooring goes down.

There are several manufacturers of this type of radiant floor heating. One I’ve used that worked well is made by Uponor. Here’s how to go about installing it:

Secure a plywood subfloor to the concrete slab. Screw down a track with...
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1The system of pipes, tanks, fittings, and other apparatus required for the water supply, heating, and sanitation in a building.

‘you may be able to get a grant to install proper plumbing and bathrooms’

‘the kitchen has a gas cooker point and plumbing for an automatic washing machine’

‘The heating, plumbing and wiring and part of the roof have been replaced.’ ‘I also had to dig deep trenches and lay plumbing from the house to the septic tank.’ ‘She is living in substandard rented accommodation where the cooker does not work and the bathroom plumbing is leaking.’ ‘The downstairs renovations will include a new entrance and kitchen as well as new plumbing, heating and air-conditioning.’ ‘He simply recalled that he drained the old water heater, disconnected the plumbing and reconnected the plumbing when the new water heater was in place and filled the new tank with water.’ ‘We had no indoor plumbing and no electricity until I was 7 or 8 years old.’ ‘Make sure any...
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By: Chris Hogan MSc - Updated: 18 Jan 2016|*Discuss

Installing plumbing and heating for detached extensions, such as a garden offices or studios, can be a breeze or a nightmare. It all depends on what you need, how much you can afford to spend, and how easy extending the services to and from the house supplies is going to be. But if you are considering extending your property in this way then you'll be looking for the ability to use it all year round and heating will be crucial for that, if not plumbing too.

Plumbing for Water and Drainage

Plumbing in a water supply can be useful if you are using the building as a creative studio, or even a home office, so that you don’t have to be drawn back to the house just to make a cup of tea or coffee. But running water also means plumbing into the drainage system, and the sewer system too if you are going to install a toilet, something that you will probably want to do if you are going to use the extension as occasional guest...

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Regardless of which heating system you use the most expensive operating costs of running a home in Ottawa is your heating bill from your boiler, furnace, HVAC, HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) or Heat Pump. Yet many people today still heat their homes in the most expensive way possible through old out dated boiler systems and inefficient allergy irritating forced air systems. This not only wastes thousands of dollars and is hard on the environment but it can also compromise your family’s health.

When it comes to our home heating system we have come to rely on them without even thinking about them. These heating systems are always running in the winter working for you to keep your family warm but at what cost?

So the smart homeowner is now looking for options to reduce heating costs while still providing the comfort and dependability they need.

In today’s homes these comfort systems are becoming more and more complex as our demands for comfort and energy...

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So we have two rooms connected by a door, A and B. B has a bathroom. A needs a sink. How can we make this happen?

Worst case scenario involves running a hose from the sink in B's bathroom into something in A. Best case scenario might involve tanks of water and a the magic of gravity or some sort of pump. The water that comes out of A's sink doesn't need to be fancy - it's going to be used for things like washing dishes and paintbrushes. The door to A is about 20-30 feet from B's bathroom, and the sink can be put just about anywhere in A, although we'd love to be a little flexible.

Whether we need to fill it up all of the time or build a huge crazy contraption or whatever, all ideas are...

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Lightwave Radiator Valve

The easiest way to take control of your heating and provide room by room control is to screw-fit a Lightwave Radiator valve (LW922) to your radiator. These devices link directly to the LightwaveRF App, and allow you to monitor, schedule and control each individual radiator independently. All the valves require are two AA batteries, and they will then automatically regulate your room temperature all through the winter. They can be used independently and do not require a separate room thermostat or any related controls for the boiler.

Install in seconds

Lightwave Radiator Valves, also referred to as TRVs, replace a pre-existing thermostatic valve (like the one in the picture). Simply unscrew the old valve and replace it with the Lightwave one. This can usually be done in seconds without special tools, and no plumbing is required. There is no danger of any leaks, as all you are doing is replacing the valve head, not the ‘seat’,...

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This invention relates to a combination boiler and hot water heater which utilizes microwave energy to heat the water.

Conventional boilers and hot water heaters use either a combustible material or electricity as a source of heat. Combustibles derived from fossil fuels, such as natural gas, oil and propane, have numerous disadvantages, some of which are broad and some of which are specific to water heating applications. The broad disadvantages of combustion-based water heating systems include the limited and diminishing supply of fossil fuels, fuel price volatility, and emissions that contribute to air pollution and global climate change. In water heating applications, combustion-based systems involve risks of fuel leakage, explosion, fire, and contamination of the living space with dust and flue gas. Combustion-based systems are also expensive to purchase and install, occupy a lot of space, and require massive chimney...

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It’s a simple fact—heat goes up. With that in mind, it seems the most effective heating system would be the floor. New products available today allow the floor to provide very efficient heat. And, don’t think radiant floor heating is new. It is probably one of the oldest known methods of central heating. The Romans built a fire below the living space and the heat from the fire traveled through passages or channels under the floors. European kings and queens used a similar system during the “Dark Ages” to heat their castles. Hot water was one of the first “modern” radiant systems. As early as 1942 an American company started testing and experimenting with radiant heat for residential use. After WWII a number of huge housing developments used the technique. The metal pipes of the first units installed in hastily built concrete slabs of the time quickly degraded. And the copper, steel and wrought iron piping deteriorated over the years when placed in a concrete slab....

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If your locale has strict air conditioning regulations. Existing systems are "grandfathered," meaning they don't have to meet modern efficiency standards. But if you start altering those systems by expanding them to incorporate an addition, the grandfathering is over and you'll need to bring it up to date. In California, for example, adding onto an air conditioning system often means you not only have to replace the condenser with a modern unit, but you have to test all the old ductwork for leaks and quite possibly replace it as well. "It's really a can of worms for anyone building an addition," says Curt Schultz, a Realtor-architect-builder in Pasadena, Calif. a state with some of the strictest codes around. "So most people are doing split systems these days." Because that avoids any work on the old equipment, the homeowners save...

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Electric space heaters break down into two basic types: radiant or convection. Radiant models (such as ceramic and quartz portables, under-floor systems, cove heaters and ceiling panels) emit infrared radiation that heats up objects and people directly within their line of sight. They're designed for ultra-quick heating and are best for: Heating one or two people, large rooms where you don't want to heat the entire space, open rooms without a lot of furniture or obstacles between you and the heater, spot heating and sporadic use, workshops and home offices where you mostly want warmth for yourself while you're at your desk or workbench, or a TV room where the occupants are sitting in one area.

Convection models include oil-filled radiators, electric baseboard and toe-kick heaters, and flat panel wall-mounted units that warm the air around the heater and rely on the room's air circulation to heat the room. Fan-forced convection models are the most popular type of supplemental...

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Hot water pipe (to taps) Heat trap Cold water inlet Hot tap water storage tank Heat exchanger (filled with boiler water) Stored hot tap water Pump Hydronic heating pipe (to house radiators) Boiler for house heat

If you have a boiler or a heat pump for home heating, you can use it to provide hot water in what is called a combined, or indirect, system. These systems are more efficient than separate systems because they eliminate the extra standby losses of another tank or unit.


A boiler has almost three times the life expectancy of a standard storage water heater. The hot-water storage tanks in these systems also tend to stand up well; they are usually made of durable materials (such as stainless steel), and they are not subjected to direct combustion.

All of the components in the...

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Ceiling Fans Installation In Houston For Homeowners

Ceiling fans are a very popular addition to install in bedrooms, patios, and living rooms. When you want to add a ceiling fan, the most difficult step tends to be getting it wired into your electrical system, especially if you do not have an existing fan or light fixture already in place.

Installing a ceiling fan without existing wiring means you will need to run cables to connect it to a power source. Electrical wiring can be tricky if you do not know what you are doing; many people will opt to let a professional do the job for them.

Ceiling Fan Installation At Home

Smaller rooms and areas around your home are sometimes difficult to light, and going through the hassle and expense of Installing wired lights can add another stressor to our already hectic lives. Utilizing a ceiling light without wiring is a great way to light those smaller areas without spending time and money...

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How Do Solar Pool Heaters Work?

Solar pool heaters work by sending water from the pool through solar panels using your existing pool pump. Pool water is redirected to the solar panels in order to absorb solar radiation in specially designed solar collectors. See our interactive graphic below to learn more about how solar pool heating panels work.

iSwim Solar Pool Heating Panel

Start enjoying your pool and stop worrying about heating costs!

Florida Solar Design Group is Southwest Florida’s exclusive iSwim Solar Pool Heating system dealer.

Solar pool heating panels use your existing pool pump (in most cases), and result in no additional electricity costs. With no operating costs, solar pool heating remains the most popular way to heat a pool in Florida, and can save thousands in energy costs compared to electric heat pumps or gas heaters. Solar pool heating is weather dependent, but will result in temperatures well above that of an unheated pool...

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