The advantages of an electrical system
An electric boiler is 100% efficient. In Quebec, this energy is renewable and green.
The electric radiant heating system is the most affordable to purchase, mainly because of the low cost of the device and the easy-to-make piping diagram.
The furnaces we use are made in Quebec.
What you need to know…
Electrical devices have several mechanical parts. It is important not to oversize them and to avoid systems with several small areas to not overuse the furnace and to avoid high maintenance costs in the future. It is for the same reason that we prefer to use Thermo 2000 devices, their heavy weight reduces the number of cycles compared to another lighter device such as Thermolec.
The liquid used in the system should be carefully chosen. Ethylene glycol, a petroleum-based antifreeze, is corrosive and polluting. It is less expensive than propylene glycol, an alcohol-based, non-toxic, and biodegradable antifreeze. Both types of glycols are equally energy efficient. The use of propylene glycol facilitates maintenance and eliminates the risk of soil contamination or wastewater in the event of a leak.
The glycol represents only 30% of the mixture. The other part, the water, must have a neutral PH. We recommend the use of bottled water, but in some cases when installing larger systems, it is possible to use the water on site, taking care to neutralize the PH. Protecting your home’s drinking water is paramount. Whether you use ethylene glycol, propylene glycol or even just water, you must either take care to install a suitable device or isolate the system from the drinking water network. Wastegate devices are regularly used in the market but are only permitted by the code on very rare occasions. Reduced pressure devices are accepted by the code for any heating system, but they require an annual verification which costs around $200. We recommend installing the gravity system if possible. It is only available for homes on one level of concrete floor, basement, and garage. It completely isolates the heating system from your drinking water system. Limits damages during leaks. The other option is to use an Axiom MF200 filling system. It limits damages during leaks and facilitates system maintenance.