Radiant Floor Heating

Posted by Networx Team | Jan 01, 2011
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Radiant floor heating before the floor installation

Installing radiant floor heating in your home will bring a lasting, radiant smile to your face! While radiant floor heating is easiest to install in new home construction, it is still possible to install it in existing homes. Find a reliable HVAC contractor to install radiant floor heating in your home.

What is Radiant Floor Heating?

Radiant Floor Heating is a quality heat distribution system that delivers efficient, uniform heat by circulating heat through tubes installed beneath the floor. It has a fantastic reputation for being extremely energy efficient and for making you and your home feel warm and comfortable. With radiant floor heating, you will no longer have cold floors, and you will feel warmer in general since the radiant floor heating is actually heating you and not just the room. This also means that there is much less wasted energy when compared to conventional heating methods, such as forced-air heating systems.

Types of Radiant Floors

There are three kinds of radiant floors: electric radiant floors, hydronic floors or liquid floors and radiant air floors. The radiant floor type that you choose will depend on your specific heating needs.

1. Electric radiant floors: This type of radiant floor is expensive, but it can be great choice for additions where it might be impractical to extend the preexisting heating system.

2. Hydronic floors or liquid floors: Hydronic floors are the most popular radiant floor type and are most cost-effective, too.

3. Radiant air floors: Radiant air floors are the least common and use hot air to heat the floors. Air-heated radiant floors can be used in conjunction with solar air systems.

Radiant Floor Advantages

  • They are more efficient than other types of heating because no energy is lost through the ducts.
  • Good for allergy sufferers: Because there is no air from the heating system and ducts blowing around the house, the number of allergens moving around is reduced.
  • Uses less electricity. This is especially true for hydronic radiant floors. Also, radiant heating is a more effective way to heat a person, so you will be able to set the thermostat lower and still feel warmer. In fact, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) reports that a home with a radiant floor heat system can have the thermostat set 6 to 8 degrees cooler than a typical convection or forced-air heated home without loss of comfort. This gives radiant floor heat a big cost savings advantage, as less energy usage is needed to achieve the same comfort level.
  • Decreased need for humidifier. With radiant floor heating, you will hardly ever need to use a humidifier, which means an additional savings in your electricity bill. Because radiant heat does not change the air moisture content in the home (as forced air systems do), humidifiers are no longer necessary to maintain a comfortable living space.
  • Quieter than conventional heating system since there is no blowing air.
  • Can be installed under almost any floor type.

Here's the bottom line: You can't really go wrong with radiant floor heating. If you are unsure whether radiant floor heating is right for your home, then make sure you keep all of these important elements in mind (as mentioned above): Studies show that heating is the largest energy expense for most homeowners, accounting for almost two-thirds of annual energy bills in colder areas of the country. Radiant heat's ability to warm a home from the ground up produces evenly heated rooms that are not only more comfortable to live in, but are more energy-efficient to maintain at the desired comfort level. In addition, radiant heat also reduces the levels of dust, pollen and mold spread by conventional forced air heating systems, making your home a healthier place to live.

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