Radiant Floor Heating 101

5 Things to Know About Radiant Floor Heating

Nothing is better then stepping on to your usually cold tile floors and it being warm. Radiant floor heating, is a luxurious home feature and a popular new trend in housing, as well as in renovations that focus on clean, comfortable, design-led living. If you’re embarking on a renovation or building a new house, consider installing radiant heating an energy-efficient way to keep warm throughout the cold months.

1. Energy Efficient Heating

There are two types of radiant floor heating, electric and water-based systems. Both provide heating in a room from the floor up for consistent, efficient warmth. Warm water systems run hot water through pipes to create heat, whereas electric underfloor heating heats wiring beneath the floor to generate heat. Traditional radiators are heated at a high temperature between 149-167 degrees Fahrenheit in order to heat up a room effectively. Radiant floor heating only needs to run at a temperature of 84 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the floor finish, in order to warm the room – thereby consuming less energy, and keeping your energy bills far lower.

2. Safety and Comfort

When you have underfloor heating, there’s no need to worry about sharp edges or hot surfaces of radiators when younger family members are in the house. The heating system is safely tucked out of the way and won’t get too hot to the touch. Radiant heat is also much better for the air quality in a room since it keeps the air fresh and oxygen-rich. While high temperatures caused by radiators increase discomfort and reduce oxygen levels. The thermal circulation from air rising to the ceiling and then back gets all the dust going in circles which will not happen with a floor heating system.

3. More Design Freedom

Since radiant heating is underneath your flooring, you have the freedom to design your home as you wish. Making the most out of all the wall and floor space. With radiant floor heating, you’re able to enjoy your whole room without radiators on the walls.  Even the most modern radiators take up room on a wall, so imagine the design freedom you have with heated floors.  You’re still free to choose the floor type that you want as floor heating works well with laminate, wood, tile, stone, carpet and more.

4. Effortless to Run

Once installed, underfloor heating needs virtually no maintenance and comes with a 30 Year Guarantee for total peace of mind. The Warmup heating controllers will ensure that your heating runs in the most efficient manner either automatically with a Smart WiFi Thermostat, or, if you wish, with a programmable thermostat that can be programmed to ensure the heating comes on at certain times, giving you the option to switch it off at night time.

5. Installation Time

The only con about radiant floor heating is that it takes a couple days for it to be installed. As you usually need to apply a self-leveling compound on top of the electric underfloor heating system, you should factor in the time it takes for this to completely dry before the floor covering can be put in place. With all the less maintenance time you’ll be putting into your heated floor, sparring a few extra days for it to be installed.

Is Radiant Floor Heating Worth It?

Underfloor heating is an easy and energy efficient way to warm your home and to keep your toes cozy. When remodeling your bathroom, radiant floor heating is especially worth thinking about. You will save a lot on the labor cost if the flooring is being lifted up and changed anyway. The comfort and the cost savings of running the system on your heating bills will work out to your advantage in a longer run. If you have an addition questions please don’t hesitate to call!

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