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Radiant Floor Heating: Heating your home from the ground up

Everyone wants warmth and comfort in their home. A great way to deliver that warmth and comfort throughout your home is by getting radiant floor heating. Every inch of your flooring will be set to the temperature you enjoy so you and your family won’t have to bundle up just to stay warm. Today, we are going to look at what radiant floor heating is and why you should invest in it.

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What is radiant floor heating?

Radiant floor heating supplies heat directly to the floor or surface of a house. The systems depend largely on radiant heat transfer - the delivery of heat directly from the hot surface to the people and objects in the room via infrared radiation. There are three different kinds of radiant floor heating systems. There are air-heated radiant floors, electric radiant floors, and hydronic (hot water) radiant floors.

Air-heated Radiant Floors

This system uses a conventional furnace to heat the home by pumping air through the floors. Air-heated radiant floors still use the conventional forced air system, but the difference is that the ducts are installed in the floor, embedded in a substrate (typically concrete) that will conduct the heat.

Electric Radiant Floors

Electric radiant floors typically consist of electric heating cables built into the floor. Electric radiant floors are great, especially if your floors have significant thermal mass such as a thick concrete floor.

Hydronic Radiant Floors

Hydronic (hot water) systems are the most popular and cost-effective radiant heating systems for heating-dominated climates. Hydronic radiant floor systems pump heated water from a boiler through tubing laid in a pattern under the floor. Hydronic systems use little electricity, a benefit for homes off the power grid or in areas with high electricity prices. Hydronic systems can use a wide variety of energy sources to heat the liquid, including standard gas- or oil-fired boilers, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination of these sources.

Why Should You Invest in a Radiant Floor Heating System?

You may be considering a radiant floor heating system. Here are several ways radiant floor heating systems are superior to traditional heating systems and why upgrading can save you money in the long run.

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Uniform Heating

Traditional heating systems such as forced air, just dump hot air into your home before switching off until it grows cold enough for them to turn on again. This creates a temperature environment in your home where half of your home feels like Antarctica and the other half feels like the Sahara Desert. This is not true of radiant heating systems. With the installation of a radiant heating system, every square inch of your floor will be heated to the exact same temperature. No matter where you travel to, you can count on it being the same comfortable temperature throughout your home.

Quiet and Clean

Have you ever been relaxing in your home when all of the sudden, your heating kicks on and declares its existence by the roar of hot air bursting through the vents? Not only is this loud, but the air can also carry dust and other particles around your house and make your allergies worse. Radiant floor heating cuts out those issues because all of the heat simply emits from your floor to heat the rest of the home.

Cost per month

On top of the comfort, radiant floor heating can actually save you money in the long run. Traditional heating systems that use forced air cost a homeowner around $100 each month after installation. While radiant floor heating systems only cost around $50 each month after installation.

Warmth and Comfort are a part of a home

Your house is your castle. Do you feel comfortable in your castle? Is there warmth and comfort in every area of your home? If the answer isn't yes, then it might be time to consider a radiant floor heating system.

It is time for every area of your home to have heat and not be avoided. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 812-339-9114.