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By Marty in Boston, MA on 7/26/2010


I will be installing radiant heat on the first and second floor of my residence. The radiant heat will consist of ½" PEX stapled to the subfloor and embedded in gypcrete (or lightweight cement). The finish floor will be tile in some areas and hardwood in others (I will be installing sleepers in the gypcrete so that I will be able to nail the hardwood to the floor.)

 

I was instructed to place insulation in the basement ceiling and first floor ceiling so that the heat from the first and second floors will be contained. For the basement ceiling, I will be installing faced fiberglass insulation with the vapor barrier towards the first floor. In other words, when I am in my basement and look up, I will see the pink insulation.

 

The second floor is more challenging. I am not sure if I should be installing faced or unfaced insulation in the first-floor ceiling (second-floor floor joists). If it’s faced insulation, which way does the vapor barrier face? I know that it should face the living area (or conditioned area), but in this case both the first and second floors are conditioned. My thoughts are to install unfaced insulation, but again, I am not certain. As for the radiant company, they told me that it doesn’t matter.

 

Your input will be greatly appreciated – thank you.


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