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Hydronic Baseboard: Antifreeze v. H2O
We just purchased a new townhouse in North Central VT. It has hydronic slab and baseboard heat - currently running H2O. I'm trying to get a handle on the pros and cons of adding antifreeze to the system, and, like researching medical things on the net, my level of confusion and paranoia are now about 50x what they were when I started this "drive myself nuts" research project.
A few items:
Property is Energy Star Rated (5 star), brand new, interior (not end) unit, has pex tubing, and Runtal baseboard. I haven't the boiler/pump manufacturer & models at the moment, but will be getting that info this coming weekend. We're loving the system - efficient seeming, and absolutely whisper silent. The property is a second home for vacation purposes.....utilized for weekends and vacation weeks throughout winter season, with periods varying from 4-15 days where we're one state away.
So should I just relax and enjoy.....or should I create a strategy in the event of some 4 day power outage due to a January ice storm where it's 10 below for a week. Does the boiler use electricity to work ? I'm assuming the pumps do. Any experience or thoughts would be appreciated....as well as links that might actually discuss this issue. I'm going to run all this by the plumber and builder, but I thought I'd get outside thoughts as well.
How about keeping the water and getting a generator to keep it all going in event of power failure ?
You see, I'm nuts !
Anyways, thanks in advance for any assistance.
Edited 11/5/2006 8:46 pm ET by skibum7