A radiant floor heating system generates large amounts of heat that transfer through the flooring of a home. Radiant floor heating gives you the feel of being in a warm room. It is similar to leaving an oven door open and feeling the heat radiating from the oven without being in direct contact. Radiant floor heating systems are popular with homeowners because they offer distinct advantages over other heating systems.
The Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating
If you’re building a home, then you should consider radiant heating as a better alternative to traditional HVAC systems. Here’s why:
● It is more effective at distributing balanced air than standard (forced-air) HVAC systems.
● It requires no ductwork, so there’s no loss in the heat transfer.
● It doesn’t distribute contaminants or allergens throughout the house.
● It operates in a more efficient manner, thus, utilizing less energy.
A More Balanced Approach
When using an HVAC system it is nearly impossible to keep the floors warm. Forced-air systems also distribute air in a directional manner, so it’s quite possible for a larger room to be warm around the vents but nowhere else. Radiant floor heating solves this dilemma by creating a balanced temperature throughout every room in the house. It’s possible to create a comfortable environment regardless of where you walk in the house.
Two Types of Radiant Floor Heating Systems
Radiant heating systems come in two forms:
● Electric Radiant Heat. This type of heating system features electric cables that are looped. The cables produce heat either during target hours (evening or early morning) or continuously at the homeowner’s discretion. Electric heating works best in homes that contain hard flooring such as concrete or tile. Electric radiant heat works well as a supplement to HVAC systems in key areas where the floor may be coldest such as a bathroom or kitchen.
● Hydronic Radiant Heat. Water-based systems have proven to be highly efficient and can cover larger areas more effectively than electric radiant heat. Just like electricity runs through an electric system, hot water is channeled through tubes in a hydronic radiant heater. All the tubes are connected to a hot water boiler that is controlled by a thermostat. Hydronic systems can be installed within a home’s foundation or just below the surface with an additional layer.
If you have questions about all the benefits and features of radiant floor heating, then contact P & D Mechanical Contracting. We provide a wide range of plumbing and heating services including radiant floor heating installation. You can call us at 763-533-2218 or message us on our contact page.
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