3 Benefits Of Radiant Floor Heating
No matter how efficient your heating system, there may be areas of your home that stay colder. Fortunately, using radiant floor heating can help you add heat to most areas of your home.
Radiant floor heating is a good addition to your current heating system because it can be used to heat areas of your home that are cold spots. For example, you may use your basement as another bedroom or studio but find that the area is often cold even when other areas of your home are hot, but radiant floor heating can sufficiently heat all areas of the home.
Using radiant floor heating is also a safer alternative to temporary fixes, such as space heater, which can pose a fire hazard. Additionally, radiant floor heating works well when you have a flooring material that is typically cold, such as concrete and tile that can be uncomfortably cold to the touch. This is often the reason homeowners add this form of heating to bathrooms, since your bare feet are frequently in contact with the colder floor.
Decreased Utility Costs
When radiant floor heating is used in combination with a typical furnace or as your primary heating, you may find it is more economical to heat your home. With a standard furnace, you may need to turn on the heat for a while before you begin to feel its effects near the floor. Since heat rises, the upper levels and ceiling are typically warmer than the floor. To combat this, adding a heating element in the floor allows the heat to permeate from the floor first. You may not need to run your heating system as long before the area becomes comfortable, thereby reducing your utility costs.
To use radiant floor heating as your primary heat source, you will need a hydronic system. Instead of using electric like most types of radiant floor heating, the hydronic system heats water and circulates it under the floor. Combining a hydronic system with a good flooring material, such as wood and/or carpet, will allow your home to remain comfortable with less energy consumption.
Most radiant floor heating is easy to install, especially if you are using this form of heating in addition to a furnace. If you are in the market for new flooring material for specific areas of your home, this is the best time to consider adding a new heating element. Depending on the location of your radiant floor heating, extra precautions need to be taken to keep the heating element waterproof.
Generally, when radiant floor heating is installed in bathrooms or kitchens, the heating element receives extra protection since water frequently ends up on the floor in these areas. Even if you are not planning to redo your floor, you may be able to install radiant floor heating without major construction. If the floor can be easily accessed from the basement or crawlspace, some types of radiant floor heating can be installed without removing the existing floor. Generally, if you want radiant floor heating on upper levels of your home, you may need parts of the floor removed.
Adding radiant floor heating is one way to make all areas of your home a comfortable temperature. Considering adding this method of heating to your existing furnace for better distribution of heat. For more information and options, contact a heating company that offers radiant floor heating installation, such as Action Plumbing & Heating.