6 Benefits of Radiant Heat
Homeowners living in cold climates accept drafty rooms, the sound of their home furnaces cycling on and off, and the discomfort of cold feet during the winter months as normal. However, more and more consumers are turning to an alternative home heating solution called radiant heat flooring, which not only eliminates these discomforts, but also increases energy efficiency and improves their overall quality of life as well.
Avoid Getting Cold Feet this Winter
Homeowners used to have to decide whether to install radiant heat before a home was built, but recent advances in technology have made it easily possible to add radiant heat flooring in home additions, or to most any renovation project.
Types of radiant floor heating
Heat is delivered through radiant heated floors either through hot-water tubes or by electric wires buried underneath the flooring material. One or the other types of flooring systems (or a combination of both) can be the right choice for your home depending on the project and the size of the space to be heated.
Electric systems are a good choice for retrofits and individual spaces like a bathroom, and water systems, (hydronic), typically are used in larger installations such as an addition.
Electric floor heat is comprised of a custom designed series of plastic netting rolls woven with small electric wires. They are installed precisely and directly onto the subfloor and then troweled over with tile setting material. When installing radiant heat, gypcrete is poured over ¾” plastic tubing that connects to a boiler unit. It conducts the heat and levels the floor surface before installing your chosen flooring material (usually carpet, tile, or hardwood).
Check out these fascinating videos to see how electric and hydronic radiant systems are installed!
Hydronic: Gypcrete pour over radiant heating
Electric: Radiant floor heating installation
Besides the obvious benefit of stepping onto heated floors during the cold winter months, there are other benefits to installing radiant heating that most people don’t know about:
The 6 key benefits of radiant heated flooring:
1. Reduces allergies. Traditional HVAC systems spread dust from air ducts and can dry out the air. Radiant heat flooring eliminates the need for a furnace and return vents keeping nasal passages moist and room air dust-free.
2. Reduces noise levels. Radiant flooring eliminates the humming background noise caused when the thermostat tells the furnace to shut on and off, as well as the sound of rushing air, keeping your home nice and quiet.
3. Eliminates running hot and cold. With radiant heat, there are no supply and return registers or radiators, and air does not leak through drafty windows and doors. The entire room is heated consistently from the ground up. Because both systems are thermostat controlled, there is rarely any fluctuation in a space being either too warm or too cold.
4. Works with a variety of flooring surfaces: Electric floor heating systems can be used with a wide variety of floor surfaces, including: tile, stone, carpet and hardwood. Each flooring material has its pros and cons, but the clear front-runner selected by most homeowners is porcelain tile, with hardwood being popular as well. With tile flooring being a popular choice for kitchen and bath remodeling projects, radiant heat can often be found in these rooms.
5. It solves the problem of the upstairs being hot and the downstairs being cold! If you’ve ever had this problem in your home, you know exactly how frustrating it can be for different areas of your home to always seem to experience hot and cold extremes, neither of which is ever ideal! This issue is obsolete with radiant heated spaces.
What does a radiant heating floor installation cost?
If you are budgeting for your next radiant heating flooring project, you can expect to pay about $6-$16 a square foot for a professionally installed hot water radiant floor heating system. However, lower heating bills and higher efficiencies can defray those up-front costs over time.
Seek the help of professionals at Advance Design Studio
Radiant heat is one life’s little luxuries that you won’t imagine ever doing without once you have it in your home. It’s a simple pleasure to eliminate jamming the heat every morning when you get up to warm up that bathroom, because with radiant heat you can literally keep any one room 5-10 degrees cooler than the rest of the house, and on a timer if you’d like! If you’ve never considered radiant heat in your home project, now’s the time to inquire while you are still in the planning stages, because once your project begins it’s not possible to add it later.
Because running tubing, installing boilers with running water and working with electrical elements can be dangerous; installing a radiant heat system is best left to qualified professionals. It’s also important to distinguish which advantages are important to you in order to determine which mode of radiant heat is best for your installation and your objectives.
We’d be happy to give you a radiant floor education, just ask your designer; and we’ll be sure to plan on reviewing this thoroughly with you so we can keep your home comfortable and efficient for years to come. Contact us today at 847-836-2600, or make an appointment for a free consultation.