Radiant Floor Heating Services
Radiant in-floor heating systems supply heat directly to the floor of a house. The system depends largely on radiant heat transfer: the delivery of heat directly from the hot surface to the people and objects in the room via the radiation of heat. Radiant heating is the effect you feel when you can feel the warmth of a hot stovetop element from across the room.
Radiant heating has several advantages: it is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because no energy is lost through ducts. The lack of moving air can also be advantageous to people with severe allergies. Still deciding if radiant floor heating is right for you? Learn the pros and cons to radiant floor heating.
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Types of Radiant Floor Heating Systems
Radiant floors are heated either with electric resistance cables or hot water flowing inside the tubing.
Electric radiant heating systems are a supplemental heating tool and is not meant to be the sole heat source for a room. With this system, cables are attached to mats and installed over a subfloor. There are also radiant electric floor heating pads that can be installed under laminate and other floating floors, such as engineered hardwood.
The main difference between the two systems is that Hydronic radiant heating systems are designed to heat the whole house. This system works by heating water with a boiler and dispersing it through tubing under floors. There are several ways to install the tubing, such as it can be within a concrete slab, applied over an existing slab in cement, or stapled under the subflooring. With this kind of system, you can choose almost any kind of finished flooring to go over the installed tubing. Hydronic (liquid) systems are the most popular and cost-effective radiant heating systems for our climate.
Costs of Radiant Floor Systems
The cost of installing a hydronic radiant floor heating system depends on the size of the home, the type of installation, and the floor covering. The hydronic radiant system may more expensive, but it will save money due to higher efficiency. The cost for hydronic radiant flooring can also vary depending on whether there is access to the subfloor and the extent to which flooring must be torn out and reinstalled. Please call (920) 733-4713 for more information or pricing.