The Benefits of Radiant Underfloor Heating

Monday, May 23, 2011

Radiant heat is a growing trend that started in Europe and is now becoming well known in North America for its distinct benefits. Instead of warming air and then circulating it throughout your home using ducts and vents, radiant heat is embedded under your floor and uses the entire floor to evenly distribute low-temperature heat.

Although there are a variety of methods and technologies one can choose from, the benefits of radiant heat are the same. Here are few of most popular reasons to use radiant heat.

Similar to the rays of the sun, radiant heat warms objects rather than air to create a more even heat throughout your home. Starting with the floor, objects are warmed giving your home a more inviting feeling as your furniture and other fixtures lose their chill. Now the common complaint of cold feet is cured by heating your floor and letting that heat naturally radiate throughout the room instead of collecting at the ceiling.

Radiant heat is ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, basements, bedrooms or a complete home. Unlike other forms of heat you can easily ‘zone’ individual areas. Each of these zones can be controlled by its own programmable thermostat. Now you can designate specific times of the day and desired temperatures for these areas making your home energy efficient without sacrificing comfort.

Radiant heat can be used to add supplemental heat to a bathroom or throughout your home as a primary heating source. Contact a consultant at Warmzone to discuss your options.

Radiant heat is the most efficient form of heat available. Significantly less operating time is required to maintain the desired warmth compared to furnaces and other methods of heating keeping operational costs to a minimum. High efficiency boilers or electric radiant floor systems makes radiant heat one of your most efficient ways to heat your home. Coupled with a well insulated home these systems can quickly warm your home and then shut down or wait idle for long periods of time before being called upon by the thermostat to operate.

Radiant heating systems inherently offer a superior living environment compared to conventional forced air. Since there are no furnaces or blowers, noise and dust are reduced to make your home cleaner and more peaceful.

The concern for bulky duct work or the inconvenient placement of floor registers is eliminated with a radiant heating system. No longer do you have to worry about limited ceiling or wall space to accommodate a conventional heating system.

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