What’s the one thing you can’t stand when you step out of the bath or shower? If you said cold floors, you are not alone. Many people dread that very moment every day. Although you can use towels and mats to avoid this problem, you deserve to have a bathroom floor that is comfortable for you to step on without them. One way you can get the comfort you seek out of your bathroom floors and any floors in your home is with radiant heat.
Radiant heat flooring is a system that warms the floors in your home. Modern day radiant heating systems are reminiscent of heated floor systems that were used by ancient Greeks. The concept is the same, but the equipment is much different.
There are two types of radiant heat systems: hydronic and electric. Electric radiant heat systems heat the floors with electric wires that are underneath them. Hydronic systems heat water and disperse the heated water through tubes that are installed underneath floors. Electric systems are cheaper to install, but they cost more to operate. Many people prefer to use electric radiant heat systems for small spaces. Hydronic radiant heat systems are more expensive to install, but cheaper to operate, making them ideal for large homes and spaces. Each type of system has its own set of benefits. You’ll need to carefully consider them and work with a heating and cooling contractor to determine the one that is best for you.
It is important for you to consider the benefits before making heating and cooling changes to your home. On the plus side, radiant heating is a great way for you to get the heated floors you want. Say goodbye to cold floors in the early mornings and late evenings. You can keep your home warm and as comfortable as you want without the high energy bills. Hot air rises. When warming your home, you usually have to readjust your thermostat every few hours to achieve the desired temperature and comfort level because of the heat that is lost to the environment. With radiant heating, the air near the floors is heated. Your body is much closer to the floor than it is the ceiling, making it easier for you to feel warm and comfortable far longer than with other types of heating systems.
As impressive and beneficial as radiant heat can be, there are some major drawbacks that make it an unideal heating solution for everyone. For starters, radiant heat systems must be installed underneath the floor. This can be incredibly difficult and disadvantageous to do in homes where the floors are already installed. However, new construction properties and places that require renovations can benefit from having underfloor heating systems installed. Some people who live in homes where the floors are already done insist on having them installed. They enjoy the benefits, but were not too enamored of the installation process. Bear in mind that installation is fast and easy in floorless structures.
Of course, you’ll also need to think about your flooring materials. Wood tends to shrink and expand when there are changes in temperature. Carpets can result in heat and comfort limitations. It is important for you to discuss your flooring concerns with a professional radiant heat contractor so you can learn which materials work best for your goals.
For more information about radiant heat, or for advice and repairs for any of your heating and cooling concerns, feel free to contact us at PJ’s HVAC. We’re here to enhance your home’s comfort for life.