The Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating01/25/2014 Back To Blog
On warm summer days, tiled or hardwood floors can help to make your home cooler and more habitable. However, on cold days, the cool floors of your home can affect your comfort and make your home uninhabitable. If you are searching for a method of floor heating that you can use to keep your house warm and radiant on cold days, one of the floor heating methods you should consider is Radiant Floor Heating. The concept of Radiant Floor Heating is not new. In ancient times, the Romans warmed their floors using hot water pipes and, since the 1970’s, the Radiant Floor Heating (RFH) technique has been quite popular in European countries. However, different people prefer different RFH methods, either hydronic or electric, depending on the factors such as cost and installation process.
Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating involves the installation of water heated tubes under the floor of your home to increase the air temperature in the house. On the other hand, of you opt for electric RFH; you will need to install electric heating coils under your tiled or hardwood floors. Once you install a Radiant Floor Heating System, the system works to make your home more habitable on cold days by heating the floors and warming up your entire house from the ground upwards. One of the advantages of RFH over other home heating methods is the fact that with this floor heating system, you can enjoy constant temperatures in your home.
Despite the different house warming equipment and techniques used in hydronic and electric floor heating methods, these RFH systems share some common benefits. For instance, irrespective of the RFH system you choose, you can enjoy a silent house heating system that is effective and not have to deal with have loud air ducts or furnaces. Additionally, by opting for Radian Floor Heating instead of heating systems that utilize ‘air blowing’ techniques, you can avoid health complications such as dust allergies. Moreover, RFH is more cost effective than most of the other popular home floor heating methods.
According to the US Department of Energy, Radiant Floor Heating is more energy and cost efficient than other methods of heating up floors/homes (by up to 50%). As such, in addition to enjoying the benefits of an effective heating method that warms your home from the floor upwards, you can also significantly reduce your annual heating costs by installing Radiant Floor Heating.