Radiant floor heating is an option that homeowners often overlook. While radiant floor heating may seem like a luxury, this type of home-warming system comes with a bounty of benefits — including cost savings. If you’re considering this type of system, take a look at what radiant floor heating can do for you and your home.
Energy efficiency is a major requirement for homeowners who are replacing or updating their home heating systems. Install the wrong type of system (or keep your old, failing heater) and you’ll waste energy. Along with the obvious environmental issue, wasting energy also costs you money.
In comparison to forced-air heaters, radiant flooring systems can cut costs via duct losses. A forced-air heater literally forces the air through the home’s ductwork. Add a gap in the ductwork, a clogged/dirty duct, or another similar malfunction, and this type of system has to work harder (using more energy) to heat the home. Radiant floor heating systems don’t rely on ductwork, eliminating this type of issue.
Energy savings isn’t the only benefit of a ductless heating system. Like the name implies, radiant floor heating runs under the floor — radiating the heat through it and into your home. Decreasing air movement in your home by eliminating ducts, and the air forced through them, lowers the number of allergens.
Common household allergens include dust (and dust mites), bacteria, viruses, pollen, and pet hair/dander. Recirculated air that isn’t filtered properly spreads these allergens throughout the home, causing reactions that range from skin irritations to asthma attacks.
While a radiant heating system won’t completely eliminate every indoor allergen, this under-the-floor alternative can improve air quality. If your home has poor indoor air quality and someone who lives with you is very young, is elderly, has a chronic illness, suffers from allergies or asthma, has respiratory problems, or has a compromised immune system, radiant heating can make a major difference.
Stand-up radiators and forced-air heating vents take up space. Arranging furniture in a room with radiators or vents requires positioning everything away from the heating elements. Covering or blocking radiators and vents dramatically reduces their effectiveness, leaving you with what feels like an unheated room.
Again, radiant floor heating is exactly what it sounds like — a radiant system that goes under the floor. This leaves your walls ventless and open, giving you more usable space and more decorating options.
A forced-air furnace may only last for 15 years, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. In comparison, many radiant flooring heating systems have a life span of 35 years. While radiant systems may have greater initial installation costs, getting twice the life span can dramatically reduce your overall costs.
With proper maintenance, these heating systems can serve you well, reducing the need for constant repair or an early replacement. Not only can this longevity save you money, but it also saves you time and home-improvement headaches.
Depending on the setup of the home’s HVAC system, it can leave cold spots or zones that don’t heat well. Radiant heating uses convection, not blowing air, to move warmth around each room. This provides an even heat, keeping the whole home warm.
The telltale sound of a forced-air furnace isn’t always welcome. Unlike the blowing noise and others sounds that non-radiant systems make, an under-the-floor heating element is almost silent. If you have noise-reduction needs (such as a new baby or you work from home), a radiant floor system has a definite advantage.
Are you ready to replace your home heating system with radiant floor heat? Contact Custom Comfort Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling LLC for more information.