What is Radiant Floor Heating?
If you’re tired of feeling like your home is stuffy and dry during the cold months, radiant floor heating may be your saving grace. Radiant floor heating is a heating system that is installed under your floorboards, allowing for heat to rise through your room rather than being blown out of vents.
The main advantages of radiant floor heating are that it is very efficient and can be easily controlled. Radiant floor heating is a good choice for people who want to save money on their heating bills, as it is more efficient than other types of heating, such as forced-air heating.
If you’re looking to upgrade your heating, here’s what you should know:
Types of Radiant Floor Heating
Radiant heating can be installed using either electric or hydronic, that is, delivered through tubes of hot water. Hydronic systems are initially more expensive but are more cost-effective in the long run.
Advantages of Radiant Floor Heating
A big advantage of radiant floor heating is that it makes you feel warmer than other types of heating. Heat rises; and since the floor is radiating heat, your feet stay warm, making your whole body feel warmer. With other types of heating, warm air rises up to the ceiling, leaving you often feeling a chill at times.
Many modern radiant floor systems can be controlled using smart thermostats, allowing for the most efficient usage possible. Plus, these systems are easy to maintain. With radiant heating, the floor is always warm, consistently keeping you very comfortable.
Disadvantages of Radiant Floor Heating
The main disadvantage of radiant floor heating is that you need to remove the floor to install it. The exception would be if there is a crawl space or other access to the underside of the floor. In that case, radiant pads can be placed beneath the floor. Otherwise, a good time to install radiant floor heating is when you are planning on replacing your floor anyway, or when building a new house.
Best Types of Floors for Radiant Heating
Floors that conduct heat easily, like tile, concrete, or stone floors, are best for use with radiant heating. However, other types of flooring can also work. Consult with us for details before choosing your flooring.
Installing Radiant Floor Heating
Please contact us at Dean’s Home Services for all of your Minneapolis St. Paul home heating and cooling needs! One of our experienced heating professionals will be happy to provide you with all of the information you need to determine if radiant heating makes the most sense for your house.