Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an energy-efficient, quiet, and virtually invisible heating system?
There is! It’s called radiant floor heating, and it’s installed under your home’s flooring (or, rarely, in the ceiling or walls) so it works to heat your home from the ground up. Here are some of the perks of radiant floor heating
Energy-efficiency: Radiant heat that comes up from the floor rises to dispense uniform heat through your home, meaning you don’t have to use extra fans to circulate the hot air around the house or turn it up extra high to warm up the furthest rooms. Radiant floor heat is considered to be 10 to 30% more efficient than other heating methods, so you’ll save money on heating.
Invisibility: Most heating systems take up valuable square footage, whereas radiant floor heating is hidden away under the floor. You’re free to design your home’s furnishings however you want without having to worry about blocking the heating system.
Consistent heat: Radiator heaters and wood and pellet stoves can do a good job heating your home, but the downside is the heat is distributed unevenly. You might have a hard time heating up rooms in the back of the house or down long hallways. Radiant heat provides a consistent temperature wherever it is installed, from the floor up.
Doesn’t disperse allergens: Because there are no ducts, filters, and vents, radiant floor heaters do not spread dust and allergens throughout your home like many other HVAC systems do.
Types of Radiant Floor Heaters
Electric radiant heat: Just like the name says, this type of radiant heat runs on an electrical wiring system and is usually installed under laminate, ceramic, or stone flooring. These systems cost more to run than their hydronic counterparts.
Hydronic radiant heat: Heated water flows through a tubing system to heat the room. Hydronic radiant heat is great for all types of flooring and is inexpensive to run because it doesn’t use as much electricity.
Cons of Radiant Floor Heating
You’re probably thinking it all sounds too good to be true. Are there any downsides to installing a radiant floor heating system? Unfortunately, yes. The cost of installing these systems is pretty high in comparison to purchasing other types of heating setups. Because they are usually much cheaper to run, though, you might consider the initial price of installation a trade-off for all of the perks you’ll enjoy with radiant floor heat.
If you have questions about radiant heat and other types of heating, or HVAC repair and installation, the Rochester HVAC Experts know everything there is to know and would be happy to help you.