A Warm and Cozy House Begins With Radiant Heating
There is certainly more than one way to heat one’s home. But perhaps the best way is by using radiant floor heating. There are many reasons to choose radiant floor heating as a method to heat one’s home, as it is:
Radiant floor heating systems usually work from one of two methods. There is electric radiant floor heating and there is hydronic radiant floor heating. Both types of heating systems provide:
• No visible radiators, ducts, or holes
• Better air quality
• Increased comfort
• Quiet heating system
• Increased energy efficiency in some cases
In addition to these great benefits, there are specific advantages to both electric and hydronic radiant floor heating.
For electric radiant floor heating, some of the additional benefits include:
• On-demand heating is zoned for specific rooms
• The installation process is simple and ideal for remodel projects
• Heating can run on a timer
• Labor costs are minimal
Hydronic radiant floor heating also has numerous benefits, such as:
• Heat remains constant for long periods of time
• The floor slab becomes heated and provides gentle and pleasant warmth
• Once the home has reached the desired temperature minimal energy is required to maintain it
• Structure of the house retains heat
Radiant floor heat works on the principle of thermal radiation. This is explained scientifically by the fact that electromagnetic radiation is emitted from the surface of a heated object. A simple example of thermal radiation is the sun, or a light bulb. This is the principle used in a typical electric baseboard heater. Electricity is utilized to heat the elements of the baseboard heater, and the heat is distributed throughout the room through thermal radiation.
Radiant Heating System Installation
Radiant floor heat works on this same principle. The main difference between the standard baseboard heater installation and radiant floor heat installation is that the panels are placed in the flooring of the home, and radiate the heat upwards towards the ceiling. Electrical cables, or tubing charged with hot water, are placed in the flooring of a home, and the energy supplied to these heating elements causes heat to be generated, and thus warms the home. Depending on the installation, the radiant heat system’s thermostat can be set 4-8 degrees cooler than that of a a typical forced air system and still accomplish the same level of comfort. This can amount to a great deal of savings over the typical heating period in many parts of the northern United States.
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Radiant floor heat is very user friendly. It provides a comfortable heating arrangement for the home that is energy efficient, silent in operation, and friendly to the environment. People suffering from allergies, especially during the heating season, may notice a significant amount of relief, because the old forced air system is no longer blowing allergens into the home. And the best part of all is that when you get up in the morning, you don’t have to put your feet on a cold floor. Also consider our Long Island heated driveway options.
What to Consider Before a Radiant Floor Heat Installation
Many things need to be considered if the radiant heat installation is to be successful. These would include:
1. In an existing home radiant heat installation, how efficient is the existing insulation in the home? Is there proper insulation in walls and ceilings?
2. What energy source will be used to power the installation? If you are considering electrical cable, are energy costs competitive in your geographical area? Will the electric company give you a credit for taking advantage of time-of-use rates? Check with your electric utility – the time of use rates can be a significant saving to you. Typically, the off peak times are from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM. If you have significant floor mass, such as a concrete slab, then the radiant heat system can be “charged” during the off peak hours. An efficient installation may not require any electricity to be used during the day, when daytime temperatures are higher, and the sun helps warm the home.
3. Floor covering over the radiant heat installation should be considered. Because carpeting has an insulating effect, especially when used with a pad, ceramic tile is the better choice for a radiant floor heat system. Other types of floor coverings can be used, such as linoleum or vinyl floor coverings, but remember that any covering used on the floor insulates the subfloor from the room and cuts down on the efficiency of the radiant floor heat system.
4. Although you may at the time of installation determine that the type of radiant floor heat you install is the best choice, will it be so in the future? You should also take in to consideration such energy sources as solar power, wood or LP gas as an energy source, or even a coal fired boiler if you decide on a hydronic system. Always insure that the system you install has the ability to be converted at a later date to a different energy source.