A heating method that has grown in popularity over the last few years is radiant floor heating. To learn more about the benefits of this process, contact B & D Plumbing, Heating & A/C We help residents throughout St. Michael and the nearby areas.
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What is radiant floor heating?
With radiant floor heating, flexible tubing is run underneath the floor. A boiler and a pump then force hot water through the tubing and heat radiates up, warming the floor and the air in the room above it. Radiant floor heating has proven to work with all types of flooring. It has been used successfully with tiled, hardwood, and even carpeted floors.
What are the benefits of this system?
There are many benefits to having a professionally installed radiant floor heating system. This system quietly and gently warms the air in the room. The entire system is also invisible to occupants. There are no ducts, radiators, or vents taking up wall and floor space. The boiler is usually installed in a mechanical room and can be located right next to the hot water heater.
Radiant heating systems make no noise at all, so the only way it makes its presence known is by providing you with a warm, and comfortable indoor temperature.
The system is also very clean and does not distribute dust or smells throughout the house, unlike forced air systems. This feature makes radiant heat attractive to those with health and allergy issues. The system can be designed into zones, which allow different areas of the home to have the heating on, off, or adjusted to different temperature settings.
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How much energy can you save?
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons homeowners choose to install a radiant floor heating system is the economic benefit. This system is designed to last a lifetime, so once it is installed, it has the potential to last for the life of the home.
Radiant systems have also shown to significantly reduce energy usage, compared to other forms of heating. Because of the way heat is distributed with radiant heating, comfort can be maintained with lower air temperatures. Savings vary, and some projects have demonstrated savings as high as 50 percent. Although all households may not achieve this, the average homeowner should expect savings in the range of 10 to 20 percent.