The Flexibility of Radiant Floor Heating Systems
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, quiet and draft-free heating. It’s perfect for homes with vaulted ceilings or giant windows, which would otherwise waste heat.
Think about experiencing a comforting warmth on your tile, marble and wood floors instead of a chill with each step. Or, imagine walking into your bathroom and relishing in the coziness beneath your feet.
The beauty of radiant floor heating is you can choose to have it throughout your entire home or just one or two rooms and is compatible under any type of floor covering — carpet, wood, slate, tile, stone, laminate, and even concrete — making the design possibilities endless.
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. There are many heat source options for a hydronic radiant floor heating system including boilers, hot-water heaters, geothermal and solar.
Radiant Vs. Forced Air
- The water in a radiant system 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.
- A radiant floor heating system can help people with allergies because it is very clean and does not use fans or blowers which can circulate dirt, dust and other allergens. And warm radiant floors can eliminate the need for carpeting which is a breeding ground for dust mites and other common allergens.
- 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.
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.