Under floor heating is a very cost-effective and much healthier way of heating homes nowadays. Find out why underfloor heating is becoming more and more popular over the traditional forced air heating system Infrapanel.
Setting up an under floor heating inside your home should be very easy especially if you have access underside your home or your floor is visible. Radiant floor heating system provides an energy efficient, quiet and healthier alternative to conventional heating approach. Setting up the system requires lying out of pex tubing with a mounted heat transfer plates, together with the electric heating mats that may be stapled under the flooring. This procedure enables you to install and enjoy radiant floor heating without the added expenses of raising the height of your home’s original floor.
In the traditional way of heating, heat is emitted wherein warm air flows from the ceiling downwards towards the floor. Usually there is a great heat loss when heat flows this way as the heat is only concentrated in the top half of the room. In the case of under floor radiant heating, the heat direction is opposite as the warm air flows from the floor to the ceiling making the human body and all the objects in the room warm before it flows upward.
Underfloor Heating Systems
Hydronic and electrical underfloor heating systems make use of heated water and electrical cables, respectively, circulates warm air through a pipe system to heat your home. The source of the heat is set beneath the flooring of each room, so each room becomes a heating zone. Usually, these zones are heated separately and temperature is controlled using a thermostat and direction valves. The heat is redirected if that zone is closed, which saves you money since empty rooms are not heated when you turn on the system. The hydronic water radiant system is most ideal when it is placed underneath the flooring and a solar heat pump or water heater is available.
There are many factors that determine the cost of installing both hydronic and electric radiant heating system. These factors include the size of the home, location, type of floor covering, type of installation and the cost of labor. Hydronic heating will cost more if installed in select rooms either during remodeling or in a new construction.
Benefits of Underfloor Heating Systems
The underfloor heating system offers a lot of benefits to your health. Newborn babies, children, adults and elderly people benefit from the clean warm air that radiant floor heating system offers. This system does not stimulate growth of molds or mildews. It also eliminates the spread of dust and other impurities in the air that can cause asthma and allergies. Radiant floor heating system is very environmentally friendly and works with other units on the same category as well such as condensing boilers, solar power and heat pumps. Your home will be warm and you’ll be able to save a lot in your electric bill.