Radiant floor heating is not a luxury anymore, it is a matter of comfort and an effective way of heating for the modern home. A heated floor by heavenly heat is a cost-effective way of heating the house. It is far more effective than traditional ways of heating. If you are looking at installing a radiant floor heating system to your house, here are a few things that you should know about it.
What is radiant heating?
A radiant heating system makes use of a network either of electric heating coils or of PEX tubes under the floor of the house. These coils or tubes generate heat and warm up everything that comes in contact with and the ground. As the ground gets heated up, the heat slowly rises to the room making it warm and cosy. If you walk into the room which has radiant heating you feel warm instantly.
As the system evenly heats up the floor, the temperature throughout the room is even without any cold areas. We all know that hot air rises up, so when using a central heating system, the hot air rises up leaving the floor cold. Not only that, but it is also a healthier option as there is more air circulation.
Does it take long for the radiant heating to heat the room?
For a radiant heater to heat up the room, the heat from the coils or the tubes has to first travel up to the floor and heat up the floor first in order to be able to heat up the room. This process is time consuming. However, the radiant heating system comes with smart thermostats which help you to adjust the temperature accordingly. It is best to leave the heating system on. The thermostat adjusts the temperature automatically depending on the weather and the number of people present in the room. It can be programmed to reduce the temperature when the house is empty. This can help to reduce the warm up time.
What type of flooring material is the best suited?
For the radiant system to optimally heat up the floor and house, the flooring plays a key role. The flooring should be a good conductor of heat. It should allow a quick and uninterrupted flow of heat from the heating system to the floor. Engineered wood, tiles and natural stone are some of the best choices. These materials do not crack when the fluctuation in temperature takes place.
Though wooden flooring looks absolutely regal, it is not an ideal choice for the underfloor radiant heating system as it has a natural tendency to expand and contract when there are moisture and fluctuation in temperature. However, this also depends upon the kind of wood that you are choosing.