Radiant in-floor heating is a hydronic heating system that warms your home from the floors up. First, water is heated by a boiler and then it is sent to a network of pipes beneath your flooring. The hot water heats up the pipes, which heats up the floor above. Then, the water is brought back to the boiler where it is heated up again and recirculated through the piping system.
Benefits of Radiant Underfloor Heat
Hydronic radiant heat can be installed in your entire home or in just one room, so you can customize it to your preferences.
Provides consistent, even heat because it begins in the floor and rises up, so you don’t end up with pockets of cold air or unheated areas.
Works with any type of flooring, including vinyl, carpet, wood, laminate, tile, and stone.
Hydronic heating systems generally have a long lifespan and will last at least 25 years and require little to no upkeep after initial installation. In-floor heating systems do not have a lot of moving parts, so they are low maintenance and durable.
In addition to heating your home, radiant in-floor systems can be used to heat swimming pools and spas, to add heated towel racks in your bathroom, or for a snowmelt feature in your driveway.
Hydronic floor heating is completely silent, so you can enjoy a peaceful, cozy home.
Because they heat the entire floor evenly, radiant underfloor heating systems don’t need to reach as high a temperature in order to effectively warm the space as a conventional radiator, so in-floor heating uses less energy and lowers your monthly bill.
For more information on radiant in-floor systems and other heating options, check out our heating page.
Safety and Air Quality
This system is the best choice for those with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems because radiant heating doesn’t blow dust and allergens into the air the way forced-air heating systems do.
In-floor heating doesn’t dry out the air or make it feel stuffy. In the winter, the air is generally drier anyway from the weather, and forced-air heating dries it out even more. Dry air can cause chapped lips and irritate skin, leaving it itchy and uncomfortable.
If you have small children, some heating systems can pose a safety risk because they get very hot and can burn little hands. Radiators also often have sharp, dangerous corners. In-floor heating does not pose any of these hazards.
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