There is nothing worse on a winter morning than stepping out of bed onto a cold, bare floor, or going through your morning routine on chilly bathroom tile. Radiant floor heating is the perfect solution for any Bozeman homeowner looking to keep their toes warm this winter.
Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating
Even if you’re already convinced that radiant floor heating is right for your home, there are many benefits to be aware of. Radiant heating is essentially invisible. There are no radiators or baseboard heating elements to get in the way. It’s also quite and clean. You don’t need to worry about dust or allergens blowing around like you do with forced air heating systems.
In addition to the aesthetic and health benefits, radiant heat is cost-effective. It’s an extremely efficient way to heat your home and will reduce energy costs over time. Depending on the radiant heating system you choose, it can be very easy to install, and will work above or below the subfloor, depending on your needs.
Radiant heating works by sending waves of heat up from below and warming any surface it comes into contact with. Those surfaces then radiate heat upward. The air temperature stays about the same, but the warm surfaces keep you comfortable by not drawing warmth from your body. When compared to traditional heating systems that warm the air, which then rises to the top of the room, the efficiency benefits of radiant heating are clear.
Radiant Heat Options
There are two different types of radiant floor heating to consider: electric or hydronic. Electric heating mats are a great option for retrofits or single rooms, while hot water systems are more popular for larger installations. Electric heating can often work off of your existing thermostat, while hydronic systems are powered by circulating hot water from a boiler or water heater through tubing under the floors.
Both types of radiant floor heating can be installed above or below the subfloor, although installation above is preferred for efficiency reasons. Radiant heat can be a great option for use under tile, vinyl or laminate flooring. Be sure to follow the manufacturers recommendations to avoid causing damage to the floors or voiding the warranty.
Radiant heating is not recommended for use with hardwood flooring or carpet. As a natural product, hardwoods tend to expand and contract with changes in temperate, while carpeting typically requires thick padding that doesn’t allow the heat to radiate up through the floor.
Radiant floor heating can be an excellent way to efficiently warm a room or an entire home. If you’re ready to replace your flooring, make radiant heat part of the upgrade! You’ll be glad you did as the first snows start to fall!
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