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Carpet Over Radiant Floor Heating System?

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Yes, carpet works very well over a radiant floor heating system. In fact, almost any flooring material may be installed over a radiant floor. The key to installing wall-to-wall carpet is using the proper padding material. Radiant floor systems work best with slab foam rubber carpet pad. SFRP is a superior carpet pad, providing a better “feel” than standard carpet pads and transferring heat exceptionally well.

Interested in radiant heating? Check out Warmboard.

Be cool…quietly.

Friday, December 8th, 2006

UNICO systemLast week, John Whalen and I trekked into Manhattan from our Pleasantville studio to visit the Center for Architecture. AIA New York was hosting a continuing education seminar on Small Duct High Velocity (SDHV) heating and air conditioning systems.

SDHV systems have been around for years, but have had a bad reputation for being very noisy. The conditioned air is delivered into a space through small diameter ducts at about 2000 feet per minute. Conventional HVAC systems perform that same task at about 500 feet per minute. That concentrated high speed air, in older SDHV systems, had a habit of whistling an annoying tune.

The UNICO System has solved that problem at both ends of their small ducts. The air handling units are designed to isolate noise and vibration. In addition, their uniquely designed supply tubes are lined with sound-dampening, spun-bond nylon, providing quiet comfort.

In addition to being whisper quiet, other advantages to the system are:

John likes the system so much, he is planning to install it in the house he is building with his brothers in Montauk.