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Radiant floor heating is the silent hero of home heating. Why? Well, because the heat actually emanates from the floor, it is efficient and quiet, without blowing allergens throughout a home’s air.
What’s more, radiant floor heating has the feel of standing in a window on a sunny cold day with the sun warming you, without the sun needing to warm the outside air.
Subfloor heating has been around since ancient Rome. Thanks to new technology such as cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), radiant floor heating has been made as efficient and affordable as ever.
Call Patriot Air to speak with a knowledgeable technician about this heating choice for your home.
How Does Radiant Floor Heating Work?
In radiant floor heating, warmth comes from hot-water tubes or electric wires buried beneath the floor. As mentioned above, the heat waves rise and warm the objects they strike. You stay warm because these objects have their own heat and aren’t taking yours.
Radiant floors are more efficient than forced-air heating, which is most commonly used in American homes. This is because the warm air comes from below and doesn’t stay just near the ceiling, rather the entire volume of the room.
Radiant floors produce an even, constant, cost-effective heat, most effective with most types of finished flooring, including hardwood and tile. Unfortunately, you can’t have carpets in your home if you use this system since they stifle the heat.
We Install Both Types Of Radiant Floor Heating
Our technicians are experienced at installing both electric and hydronic floor heating systems. Since many people don’t know what are the pros and cons of these systems, we’ll give you a quick rundown.
Electric Radiant Heat System
Electric radiant heat uses electric resistance cables beneath the flooring. Typically, electric floors are not used as a home’s main source of heat, as the relatively high cost of electricity would not make this choice cost-effective.
This type of floor heating is only used as supplemental heat in case you add a bathroom. We’ll install programmable thermostats to ensure maximum heating efficiency and energy saving.
If pulling up your existing flooring isn’t an option, we can install radiant pads that fit in joist bays under the subfloor. Call us today and find out what’s the best option for your project.
Hydronic Radiant Heat
Hydronic radiant heat systems are used for heating the entire house.
This system consists of a boiler or water heater that heats the water between 100 and 120 F, and a pump that circulates the hot water through the PEX tubing installed in the flooring.
The best thing about flexible tubing is that it can be installed in a myriad of ways––on top of the subfloor in grooved panels or snap-in grids, clipped into aluminum strips on the underside of the floor, or embedded in poured concrete.
Is Radiant Floor Heating Expensive?
The installation of radiant floor heat costs more initially than other heating systems. However, it saves money, in the long run, thanks to lower thermostat settings and high energy efficiency. Keep in mind that radiant floor heating doesn’t address your home’s cooling, so that’s a separate purchase to consider.
Our technicians will be more than happy to give you a full rundown of the material and labor costs as well as how long the installation will take. Give us a call today and get your free quote!
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