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Radiant Floor Heating in Your Home

Radiant floor heating is perhaps the ideal home heating system. It is efficient, comfortable, quiet, and unobtrusive and does not blow allergens and dust around as forced hot air systems do. It allows for the people in the house to stay barefoot and still feel comfortable since the floor is not ice cold. It provides subfloor heating that then travels uniformly, heating the room in a perfect distribution model. The overall effect is heat that warms all materials in the room, including furnishings, surfaces, and occupants. Subfloor heating has been around for a long time, and the decision to install radiant heating is easy with today’s state of technology.

Radiant floor warming takes two major forms that include:

1. Hydronic Systems

Hydronic systems are designed to heat the entire house. Water is heated in the range of 100 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit using a boiler and circulated through plumbing under the floors. The radiant tubing can be installed in various ways, such as embedding in a poured concrete slab, stapling under subflooring, installing to board insulation or over an existing slab in cement, or fitting inside the channels of expressly designed subfloor panels. To cover the system, any form of finished flooring, such as vinyl, carpet, or hardwood strip flooring, can be fitted above it. Moisture-resistant insulation is recommended for use under flooring to reduce effects, such as cupping, bowing, or warping in wood planks.

2. Electric Systems

Electric systems are suitable for small areas and are typically meant for supplemental heating/floor warming. The cables that are often pre-attached to mats are installed over the subfloor. Additionally, one can use radiant floor heating pads installed under floating floors, such as engineered hardwood and laminates. Electric systems are easier to install and operate but are more expensive in the long run. These systems are less expensive to install because they do not require mold-resistant insulation.

Mold-resistant insulation is recommended when you decide to use hydronic systems in your floor warming. People thinking about new constructions ought to consider using a hydronic floor heating system instead of an electric one. It is costly to install but will be highly beneficial and cost effective in the long run. Adding moisture-resistant insulation under the concrete slab in your basement makes the basement drier and the home more energy efficient.

Not all materials work effectively with radiant floor heating. To get the most out of radiant floor heating, materials that have thermal-conducting properties should be used, such as stone, concrete, or ceramic tile. Floor warming is more efficient when there is uniformity of flooring material, unlike in areas where the floor has partitions and utilizes materials of different conducting properties.

Radiant surface warming is more effective than forced air heating because it provides even heat and does not create a large amount of dust. As such, people who suffer from allergy attacks should opt for this type of floor heating. It is also energy efficient as the water being used as the heating mechanism can be heated by solar heating and other energy-efficient methods, such as wood-fired boilers, standard gas/oil-fired boilers, or a mixture of these sources.