Heating the dog room floor

oldbat2beAugust 24, 2012

This room is approximately 250 square feet and has a concrete floor, currently carpeted. We are planning on tiling this floor in the near future (12x24 wood tile planks) and would like to review options for heating the floor. This is not the primary source of heat in the room (HVAC recently installed; two vents at different ends of this room), and we often have a fire going in the wood burning stove in here too. Home is in New England, built in the mid 60's. DH is very handy and will be hopefully be doing the work.

I'd very much appreciate some suggestions as to the general technology and specific products to use/avoid. Thanks!

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oldbat2be

Clarification - goal is to warm the floor vs. heat the room.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 8:41AM
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ionized_gw

Is this really a room where the dog or dogs live most of the time?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 2:57PM
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oldbat2be

Oh my - after thinking I'd given all the relevant information... thanks very much for asking! No, it's not really a dog room. We will have a fire going in here often during the winter and the kids will watch TV in here at night during the summer as well.

Dog Room is what we are used to calling it. It's an addition, which connects to two other sections of the house. It used to have electric heat (which being in NE of course we didn't use in the winter, WAY too expensive) so typically would just close off the doors. In milder weather, it was perfect for the dogs.

We recently have completed some renovations; from the plans:

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 9:32PM
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energy_rater_la

radiant floor heating?

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 6:18PM
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countryboymo

There are numerous heated pet mats and beds available that use very little electricity compared to heating a whole floor. We used a hard plastic version for putting newborn calves on that were born in the wet cold of fall and were slow getting around. The dogs lay on it in the winter when it isn't being used for a calf.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 2:37PM
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david_cary

If it has a concrete floor on the ground, your options are limited. You can use electric radiant but that isn't particularly cheap to install or use. It would be about $1500 in parts. And then you are basically using electric heat to heat up the slab and the earth, in addition to heating the floor.

Now if you rip up the slab, insulate it underneath and run pex tubing into the new slab and then heat the water with the wood stove..... Now you are talking. A slab should be about $1000 and the pex tubing is fairly cheap. Insulation would be a few hundred. A big project for sure. Also a huge payoff down the road.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 5:43AM
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ionized_gw

I had to ask about the dog because if the floor is heated you must give the animals a place to get away from the heat.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 7:47PM
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saltidawg

"I had to ask about the dog because if the floor is heated you must give the animals a place to get away from the heat."

Excellent point, says this ex-exhibitor and breeder of (English) Bulldogs.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 8:01PM
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