Radiant Floor Heating
Each system has its own advantages and disadvantages. Which system you choose will depend on your heating needs.
Radiant Floor Heat
vs. Below Surface
Hiring a professional to install your radiant heating can definitely save
you some worries but generally the systems are easy enough for you to
install it yourself. If you plan on making this a DIY project, then make
sure you draw a to-scale layout of exactly where the tubes or cables will
go. If you are installing radiant heating throughout your entire home, it
is a good idea to consider the placement of the tubes or cables on a
room-by-room basis. This will let you allow to put extra heating in the
rooms that need it.
For slab system radiant heating, make your installation easier by getting
a radiant heating system that can be set in just one layer of cement
instead of two. Also, to make the most of your heat, avoid using high
thermal resistance floor coverings, like plush carpets and pads, which
will keep your heating system from being affective.
Radiant heating systems are virtually unnoticeable. If you would like to
keep yours that way, then consider placing the temperature controls in a
closet. The thermostat works by sensor and does not measure the room
temperature, just the floor’s temperature. Therefore, you can hide it
To help keep your radiant heating in top shape, you may need to buy some
extra radiant heating supplies. For those with a hydronic system, consider
purchasing some radiant barrier insulation. This handy device wraps around
the boiler and reflects the heat it produces rather than letting it
escape. As a result, your system is more efficient and your energy costs
If you have wood floors, or are planning on putting in wood floors, then
look for radiant floor panels. These have been designed specifically for
hardwood floorboards and will help give you the most heat without
damaging your floor.
You Must Know About Radiant Floor Heating
What is radiant floor heating?
floor heating is a comfortable and efficient form of heating where warm
water circulates through flexible, specially designed tubing (PEX)
installed under the floor. The heat radiates evenly up through the
floor warming people and objects in the room and providing more comfort
for less money.
What are the major components in a radiant floor heating system?
floor heating systems will vary depending upon the needs of the client.
However, there are similarities in most systems. All radiant floor heating
systems have a heat source to heat the water. Most systems use either
a natural gas or a propane boiler. The water is then circulated to the
floors in the building through some type of piping or tubing. The flow of
the water is controlled through a variety of mechanisms such as
circulating pumps and zone valves which are directed by the thermostat to
send the hot water to the
Can other types of hot water driven devices be used with a radiant floor?
Hydronic heating encompasses much more than radiant floors. Hub
Plumbing Company can also design, provide and install
hot water baseboards, hot water radiators and hot water towel racks.
These devices may be used for a number of reasons, including aesthetics, increased comfort, or lower cost.
How does the building construction affect the design and performance of
the heating system?
the construction of a building greatly affects the performance of the
example, a poorly insulated home will require a heating system to provide
a much greater output of heat in order to maintain comfortable living
a home that has a large number of windows with southern exposure may
require less heat in rooms that receive a great deal of passive solar
Can hydronic heating be used for ice removal and snow melting?
However, you must understand what is involved in melting snow and ice.
Can I put a radiant floor on the top floor in my house?
You can put a radiant floor on the upper floors of any building using a
couple of different methods. You can pour a lightweight concrete over the
tubing on the upper floors.This adds to the weight of the upper floors and
may need to be compensated for in construction. You can also put radiant
floor pipe between joists on the upper floor.
What makes radiant floor heating so comfortable?
traditional heating systems that just warm the air, radiant heating warms
the floor and the objects in contact with the floor. The entire floor
distributes a consistent, even, and quiet heating. There are no drafts and
radiant floor heating takes the chill out of cold tile, marble and wood
Can the floor get too hot?
A properly designed Radiant Floor Heating system will deliver comfortable
warmth that's a pleasure to walk on - especially in bare feet! If
additional heat is needed to satisfy the heat load, additional warmth can
easily be added by installing radiant walls and/or ceilings.
If I have radiant floor heating, can I still have air conditioning?
you can. In fact, separate heating and cooling systems really make the
most sense. Radiant floor heating keeps the heat near the floor where it
does the most good; and air conditioning ductwork is usually placed high
up the wall where it is needed to cool your home. The result is optimal
comfort and efficiency all year 'round.
Is radiant floor heating more expensive than the alternatives?
It will cost more to install, however it's important to remember that
radiant floor heating can save 20 to 40 percent on your heating bills and
significantly increase the resale value of your home. That, plus the
increased comfort, make it worth the extra dollars for initial
We've got allergies. Can a Radiant Floor System help?
many, this is a resounding "Yes!" Our radiant heat system has no
drafts, fans or blowers to circulate dust, dirt and other allergens
throughout your home.
Radiant Floors can eliminate the need for carpeting which is a breeding
ground for dust mites, a very common cause of allergic respiratory
result is a clean, healthy environment—a must for people with allergies.
What rooms will benefit the most from a radiant heating system?
the main living areas: dining rooms, family rooms, living rooms, kitchens
and baths. These are the rooms that we spend the most time in, either
sitting or standing in one spot for extended periods of time.
How much fuel will a radiant heated building use compared to other types
of heating systems?
on the type of heat you are comparing it to, it can cost
approximately 30% less to heat a building with a radiant floor heating
system. And of course ,the other benefit being, that you will be much more
comfortable while spending less on your heating bill.
What happens if a radiant floor freezes?
potential drawback to using water in a heating system is the potential for
damage due to freezing.This could occur in the event that the heating
system failed or was switched off during extremely inclement weather.
What kinds of floor treatments can I use over a radiant floor?
You can use any type of floor treatment you want. Radiant floor heat is compatible with tile, linoleum, carpeting, hardwood floors, etc. The only concern is that you are careful when nailing anything into the floor so you do not puncture the tubes that circulate the water...
How long will a radiant floor last?
A radiant floor will easily last the life of the building or longer when properly designed and installed.
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