Radiant Floor Heating with an Electric or Hydronic System
When choosing to buy a radiant floor heating system most people go for the electric variety because it promises to be less complicated and not necessarily because it is cheaper.
Radiant heating system have their disadvantages and advantages just like any other heating system, but statistics have shown that radiant heaters work out to be less expensive to maintain which means they offer excellent value for money.
The difference between the two types of radiant heating system is that one uses electrical energy whilst the other hot water piped through PEX tubing that are located in or under the floors.
Anyone who knows how radiators work might be apprehensive, but these are nothing like your normal radiators that you would find in things like cars. Radiators used for hydronic heating systems are durable and might even outlast the floor boards themselves.
This system is a very wise economic decision, and it is versatile. You get to save on your energy bill quite significantly, and you can apply the system to other areas like your swimming pool or hot tub.
The hydronic floor heating system is a comfortable option, but is complex to install. It has its own set of complex and installation requirement. You will need a professional to install even if you are a seasoned DIY homeowner.
Hydronic radiant floor heating system is very much like a space heater in that it contains a fluid, whose heat radiates into the air to heat the surrounding area. Unlike a space heater, Hydronic radiant floor heating system is only for installation under floors. It lies buried and will not be seen or have anyone tripping over unsightly wires or accidentally tipping over. The liquid in the unit is kept flowing by specially made pumps.
Hydronic radiant heating can be used under any hard floor, ideally cemented and hardwood lined floors are ideal. It is also excellent for high ceilinged areas with lots of windows. Hydronic radiant heating systems heat large rooms in no time.
The floor and the room being heated up will retain heat for some time because of the constant flow of hot water underneath the floor. The heat is not trapped in pockets but distributed evenly throughout the floor and the room. Hydronic radiant heating can be run on electricity, gas, oil, geothermal, or even solar power. The choice is up to you.
The next important thing is the installation. You need a professional to help you lay out pipes that will run scalding hot water under your floor. The floor has to be prepared or completely overhauled.
How this system is that pipes or a pipe is laid out on a concrete bed just before the surface gets covered. It is often better to install a system right at the building phase before the floors are set.
Radiant floor heating is excellent for homes with children where heaters pose a certain degree of danger. There is no danger of being accidentally burnt or knocking over a stand-alone heater.
Radiant heating systems are economical and work without requiring much maintenance. Floor radiant heating systems do not include any moving parts which adds to their not needing maintenance because there are no air filters and other parts that need to be constantly repaired. You can control the temperature by using a thermostat.
According to research most of the household energy bill is taken up by heating in colder regions. You can do a lot in reducing the amount of energy and inversely, the energy your family consumes by installing a radiant floor heating system. Not only will your living standards be improved but you will be contributing to the greater campaign of going green that encourages people to use less energy to save the environment. This technology also has the advantage of keeping your family’s environment hygienically warm and clean from mold and dust. People all around the world use floor radiant heating system for a comfortable and healthy indoor living.
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