Defining Radiant Heat

Monday, May 23, 2011

Radiant heat is a unique transfer of energy that naturally searches out colder objects to warm. Instead of rising like warm air, radiant heat starts by warming the coldest and closest objects from its source in any direction. Radiant heating systems are extremely effective for heating cold floors evenly and efficiently, and are commonly installed under tile, hardwood and even carpeted floors.

Radiant heat resembles the sensation of walking on sand on a sunny day or the warmth you experience while holding a hot drinking mug. These examples give you an idea how the affects of under floor heating can improve the way your entire home or specific areas like a tiled bathroom or kitchen can feel. Radiant floor heat has a unique way of balancing the temperature of nearby objects.

Under floor radiant heating systems can transform a cold tiled bathroom to feel more like a warm spa, while basements or high ceiling rooms benefit from improved comfort and efficiency.

To view a thermal comparison between an under floor radiant heating system versus a forced air system, click Here: Radiant Heat vs. Forced Air

When an electric radiant heat system is turned on, electricity is forced through a conductive material to create controllable levels of heat. Electric radiant heating systems come in a variety of shapes and sizes. (Contact Us to determine your best options.) These under floor heating systems can be used under most any floor covering and are also commonly designed for concrete, asphalt or under pavers to melt snow and ice. Heating driveways, sidewalks or other priority areas that require snow removal are becoming common alternatives to shoveling and using harmful salts and chemicals.

All of our electric radiant systems are controlled by a programmable thermostat to optimize usage based on your preferences of temperature and occupancy. These thermostats can be activated with either a floor sensor to target a specific floor temperature or programmed to a desired room temperature. Link these products below.

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