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Radiant Floor Heating Types

The Most Popular Radiant Floor Heating Types That You Can Install At Home

Radiant heating is produced by a set of different systems, heat sources and controls that heat a room or a building rather than the unit itself. This makes radiant heating incredibly safe around the old and young alike as well as any item in the household or office. The heat is forced into the room by several different methods, which will also allow you to save on heating bills since every time a door is opened you will no longer be losing heat into the cold.

Radiant heating is not a new concept, as ancient tribes far and wide would heat their huts and homesteads with a variant of the idea such as hot water on stones. In the 21st century there are two main types of radiant heat used: electric under floor heating and hydronic floor heating (water based).

These heating systems will heat the room from the floor, ceiling, baseboards or a combination of any of these methods. Not only can radiant heat be used to heat a home or office, but you can also use it to melt ice off sidewalks or outer buildings, driveways, football fields, and the list can go on from there.

Hydronic radiant heating systems

Hydronic radiant heating systems pump hot water heated by a boiler, water heater or gas heater through a series of pipes and coils that release the heat from this material into the air. Whether you use the hydronics with only one of these materials or a combination, you can't miss with the benefits you gain.

Some combinations can include boilers or heaters operated by natural gas, oil, electricity, solar, wood or biofuels. Heat pumps can also be used when powered by natural gas or electricity.

Electric radiant heating systems

Electric radiant heating systems use, well, electricity. The electricity is produced through a variety of machinery including cables, bronze mesh and carbon films. Since fewer working parts are need with this radiant method, it can be a very popular choice. Under floor radiant heating is a preferred choice when using electric radiant heating.

Through the use of thermal energy, the under flooring is part of the substrate concrete foundation or sandwiched between the floor and subfloor. The floor you walk on can be covered in ceramic tile (one of the best conductive forces), wood, carpet, laminates and can be used in every room including the bathroom where water may fall on the floor. Unlike common belief, you will not be electrocuted if you use radiant flooring in the bathroom.

Air-heated radiant floors are not very cost effective in a home environment, but work terrifically in an office or warehouse environment. When combined with solar power, for instance, you can have heat 24/7. The system is not meant for smaller areas like in the home, but rather a large square footage.

Different floor installations are possible for the building you to heat. A "wet" installation will have your contractors using embedded cables or tubing (pipes) within a solid floor such has the concrete slab foundation of your home. Thick concrete is one of the most conducive materials out there for retaining heat. A "dry" installation will have you using cables or piping with a space between the floor and subfloor (foundation).

Radiant panels and floorboards are other options besides the floor method. Panels are commonly made of aluminum and can be programmed for each different room, retaining heat well for optimum comfort.

The benefits to running a radiant floor heating system are endless. By focusing on your needs, and what type of construction is available to you, you will be able to have your home comfy cozy warm throughout the winter without a problem.