Imagine walking around in the middle of an ice-cold January winter night, barefoot, under clothing but comfortably warm. Radiant Floors heating provides warmth that keeps you comfortable from your toes to the top of your head. By having warm feet the whole body feels warmer.
The use of heated flooring goes back as far as Neolithic times and even the Roman era used it. Evidence for it can be found today in the British city of Bath. Of course, the location has the benefit of naturally heated water and springs. Modern housing might not have access to naturally heated thermal resources. But Technology has created superior heating features so that any good radiant floor HVAC specialist can install it into your home.
Radiant Floors are considered to be part of a central heating system. They work by having a specialist install elements under the flooring to provide gentle steady heat that takes the chill off the floor.
As the warmth from the floor rises, it heats the whole of the house in a mild manner without the noise and drafts of fans or the smell of open fires or gas heaters.
Underfloor heating is best installed when the house is being constructed. It needs to be under the flooring whether it is carpet or tiles, however installing radiant floor heating in a finished home is possible.
Both electric and water-based radiant heating systems can add value to your home while reducing energy costs. That’s because heat is delivered in the living zones where it is most used, at floor level. The use of programmable thermostats can help set times for the heating to be on so that it is not running all the time when they need not be on. Water-based heating uses thin pipes under the flooring, while electric radiant floor heating uses a wire mesh. The one that you pick should depend on the material of the over-floor and the needs you have. Heating of this type can contribute to better indoor air quality by reducing the need to use carpets that can collect dust and increase the chances of allergies.
One can install radiant floors under most any type of flooring finish. Ceramic and stone tile floors are very popular choices, of course, but wood and carpet are also used. Tile flooring in the bathroom or kitchen lends itself well to radiant forms of heating and one should consult with us before picking a tile type. You want to make sure they get the best combination of radiant heat and a beautiful floor.
One ideal use for radiant heating is in the bathroom, as it can take the chill off the floor and make morning use much more pleasant. There are both electric and water-based systems that work well with the most common tiles used in the bathing areas. Another place where tiles might be used is in the kitchen, although some prefer wood there. Radiant floor service can install the best system for your needs no matter which location you are considering.
To install underfloor heating into a finished house would require the lifting of the flooring and the installation of the floor heating mats. With tiles, this would require the breaking of the old tiles and the additional costs of laying new tiles. This might rule out underfloor heating as a cost-effective alternative for older houses.
However using a radiant floor expert to install a heating system under your carpeting, wood or laminate flooring can make sense also. Even though such floor types do not get as cold as tile or stone floors, there are other reasons to heat the home from the floor up. Installing radiant floor elements under carpeting takes special care, and the use of the right materials. Companies make these elements so that they deliver gentle steady temperatures that will not damage the flooring over them. These special mats can be used under wood and carpeting alike. There are even ways to use radiant heating under area rugs.
The cost of lifting the old tiles, added to the purchase and laying down new tiles, it might prove excessive compared to other sources of heating such as a heat pump. Free recommendations and suggestions are always available at Turner Cooling & Heating.
The running costs of underfloor heating can also be quite expensive if left to run continuously. For this reason, many houses are fitted with timers that turn the flooring on early in the morning. The occupants can rise and turn the floor heating off while everyone is out of the house and at work.
Many consumer sites on the internet offer comparisons between the costs of installation and the running costs of the various different types of home heating systems, however many people are happy to pay a little more for the added luxury of the silent warmth of underfloor heating.
Contact us as a radiant floor expert in having it installed. Your home can have amazing benefits in the bath, kitchen, bedroom, or any other living space that needs to be warmed a little. Since water-based radiant flooring can be used for cooling too, that type of system can be used year-round to maintain the temperature inside the home. Reducing energy costs and improving air quality across the board in every living space. Modern technology has advanced the use of radiant heating to encompass almost every type of flooring. Tile and Stones work brilliantly with it and nearly demand it in cold climates. Carpeted, wood covered and laminated flooring should not be excluded from the types of over-floors used with radiant heat systems. As long as the proper heating elements are chosen complement them.