Radiant heating is a relatively new form of heating indoor and outdoor areas using the most recent technology in the industry. The system consists of radiant energy emitted from an underfloor heat source. The heat can then more evenly spread throughout the whole home, leaving fewer icy patches or uneven temperature spots indoors. Of course, choosing such a system requires careful planning and forethought. Here’s a quick guide to electric and hot water radiant floor heating options.
Where Can I Install Radiant Heating?
One of the single greatest benefits of radiant floor heating is the ability to install the system anywhere in the home. Most homeowners choose to install their new system in the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, and living room for optimal heating. Somewhere the family convenes on a regular basis is a perfect choice. In any case, you could even install radiant heating on the patio outside. The possibilities are limitless.
Types of Radiant Floor Heating
While there are three main types of radiant heating (radiant air floors, electric radiant floors, and hot water radiant floors), the most common are electric and hot water.
Electric is a cost-effective option if your utility company offers time-of-use rates in your home. These allow you to charge the radiant floor heating during off-peak hours, which then keeps the home comfortable for eight to ten hours at a time.
On the other hand, hot water radiant heating is more accessible and cost-effective for warmer climates. The temperature in each room is controlled using the flow of hot water through a tubing loop under the floors. A system of zoning valves, pumps, and thermostats controls the temperature, flow, and pressure of the water.