Radiant heat: you can warm your floor but not spending more from your pockets

There is no doubt that radiant floor heat is a superior method of heating for your home. Its popularity is growing by leaps and bounds as people discover that not only is the most convenient way of heating, but also the most effective according to its cost.

  • Despite the convenience and cost are the two greatest benefits of this heating system, there are others:
  • Quiet operation: there is no noise, that it could generate a forced air system.
  • A healthier home: forced air systems can spread dust, pollen and germs.
  • A quiet and well distributed heat: even if you have a wood floor, tile or concrete lined.
  • In addition, the slab heating is less likely to dry out your skin and nasal or respiratory passages.
  • The warmth of the floor on a cold winter will probably be enough to convince many people that the underfloor heating in the best way to warm up. However, after discovering the costs and savings, there is usually no turning back.

Radiant floor heating concentrates the heat in the lower half of the room, where the human body needs it most. As the radiant heat is evenly distributed across the floor, the thermostat can be set from 2 ° to 4 ° less than the systems of forced air heating. This can reduce energy costs by 10% to 30% and if your home has high ceilings, you can save more in heating costs, because the heat generated by forced air systems quickly ascends to the top of these structures, where it is not needed. While the forced air system sends heat to the top of the roof, a radiant floor system can leave the heat on the floor and can spread the heat throughout the room.

In a radiant floor system circulates hot water through a pipe under the floor. This causes the floor to become an efficient radiator of low temperature. Although radiant floor system is not complicated, there are some components that are required and that any homeowner should keep in mind: the heat source, the boiler, pump and pipes.

The heat source can be electric, solar, natural gas, propane, oil, wood or any other heat source. The boiler, with a certificate of good efficiency could heat the house water. The same boiler can also be used to heat the pool, snow melting to heat the bathtub or household chores.

A pump is required to circulate water through pipes located under the floor. The piping system of underfloor heating are located in the concrete under the wood or on a lower floor in a concrete-made or a series of layers of concrete, then covered with plaster. Once the homeowner makes the decision to install a radiant floor system, contact the installer indicated is necessary.

Some companies who design these systems may also install it. A qualified system designer and installer of qualified systems can work together and know what components will work best for your home, may explain the different systems may have special considerations for the structure of your home and can give a good warranty.

The designer should make a fourth-fourth analysis of your home or building and should outline a step-by-step work.

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