Benefits of Radiant Floor Heat
How can you possibly resist walking barefoot on a heated floor? If you are just starting to renovate or build a new house, consider installing radiant heating (also known as underfloor heating), it is an energy-efficient way to keep your house or commercial building warm throughout the cold months of winter. Here’s the facts on the subject: Keep reading if you’re ready to tear up your floors in the name of cost-effective, energy-efficient heat, as making the switch to radiant heat is easier than one would think and is more beneficial for your home comfortability factor and reducing your heating costs by anywhere from 20% to 50% with the simple cost of installation being relatively inexpensive with costs ranging anywhere from $5 to $15 per sq. ft., and just simply coming home with a peace of mind, knowing that you’re going to be warm on those cold winter nights or chilly rainy days!
Here is a list of reasons for making the switch to radiant floor heat in your home!
- Quiet & Peaceful: Unlike forced air systems, which hum and swoosh, radiant heat systems are quiet and peaceful with having no air swooshing into rooms from vents or hearing furnaces firing up and humming with heating the home.
- Efficient Comfort: Each room or zone is controlled separately by a thermostat; even programmable thermostats can be used for the radiant floor heat. That way the heat is only on when and where you need it, and most importantly, when you want it! Unlike forced air systems, which 100% of the electricity is delivered to the heating element.
- No Air Pollutants: Dust, allergens, pollens, and problems with dry air (lack of humidity), which are common with forced air systems, as it blows all this around, isn’t the case with radiant floor heat!
- Invisible & Effective: No baseboards, air vents, radiators or even the need for large furnace rooms. As, radiant floor heat is simply installed throughout the floor of your room, zone, or home. Radiant heat is easiest to install in new construction, but it is also simple to add to old construction or remodels. Radiant heat mats easily install under new tile, while radiant panels fit nicely on ceilings or walls. You do not have to worry about where to put ducts or registers—radiant heat doesn’t need them.
- Easy Installation – Radiant floor heat can be installed in new construction, during renovations or preexisting homes at any time. Because no duct work is required, no attics or crawlspaces needed to install or even operate the radiant heat systems.
- Perfect When Renovating: Underfloor heating is not always a “whole-house system” and can be used for supplementary heat in renovations or additions. It does not have to be patched into an existing system at all.
- Lower Overall Ambient Air Temperature: Allows you to keep the ambient temperature of your home lower. By keeping their feet warm, most homeowners find that they can turn the temperature down on their primary heating system without feeling cold in their home.
Virtually Zero Maintenance: There are no “moving parts” and the system is completely encased and protected by the flooring, with only checking the operating components annually like you do with your furnace and air conditioning.