Radiant Floor Heating
Radiant Floor Heating is so comfortable because unlike traditional heating systems that just warm the air, radiant heating warms the floor and the objects in contact with the floor. The entire floor distributes a consistent, even and quiet heating. There are no drafts and radiant floor heating takes the chill out of cold tile, marble and wood floors.
The beauty of radiant floor heating is you can choose to have it throughout your entire home or just one or two rooms. Think about walking down into your basement and experiencing a comforting warmth instead of cooler temperatures with each step down the stairs. Or, imagine walking into your master bathroom and relishing in the coziness of warm tiles beneath your feet.
How Does Radiant Floor Heating Work?
In a radiant floor heating system, warm water flows through flexible plastic tubing that is located underneath or within the floors. The tubing carries the warm water into specific rooms or “zones” to effectively heat people and objects in every corner of the room. And because a radiant floor heating system is designed in zones, you have the luxury of changing temperatures for each room, depending on its use. This makes the system even more energy efficient.
In addition to the tubing, the other main components in a radiant heating system include a heat source, pumps, manifolds and controls. There are many heat source options for a hydronic radiant floor heating system including boilers, hot-water heaters, geothermal and solar.
Best of all, radiant floor heating is compatible under any type of floor covering — carpet, wood, slate, tile, stone, laminate, and even concrete — making the design possibilities endless.
Radiant vs. Forced Air
The water in a radiant system has a capacity to transport energy 3,500 times greater than air, so it can heat using less energy than a forced-air system. This amounts to greater comfort at a lower thermostat setting, which provides lower energy bills. In fact, more people are comfortable with radiant floor heating at a lower thermostat setting than with forced-air heating at a higher thermostat setting.
Radiant floors can be used alone or in conjunction with a traditional forced-air heating system. And because it distributes heat evenly across each room, homeowners don’t have to crank up the thermostat to reach the chilliest corners. It’s perfect for homes with vaulted ceilings or giant windows, which would otherwise waste heat.
A radiant floor heating system help people with allergies because it is very clean and does not use fans or blowers like a forced air system which can circulate dirt, dust and other allergens throughout a home. And warm radiant floors can eliminate the need for carpeting which is a breeding ground for dust mites, a very common cause of allergic respiratory disease.
Radiant Floor Heating System Maintenance & Repair
Of course, like any component of your HVAC system, radiant floor heating can break down from time to time and require maintenance and repair. Then it’s time to bring in the heat and air conditioning professionals from Bi-County Inc. to find out if there’s something wrong within the system itself. If you need help repairing your radiant floor heating, or need any other heat and air conditioning work, click to contact us today or call 215-822-0515.