If you’re looking for ways to increase comfort in your home in the winter months, you need to investigate radiant in-floor heating. In the past when the heating mechanism had to be embedded in a new concrete slab that had to cure, installation was only feasible when outdoor temperatures were high enough.
Thanks to recent advancements, it’s now possible to install radiant heating any time of year.
Types of Radiant Heating
The two most popular types of radiant heating are:
- Hydronic. These systems can heat an entire home efficiently and affordably. A boiler heats water to 100-120 degrees and it’s sent through in-floor tubing. The tubing can be installed in a concrete slab, set in cement on top of an existing slab, stapled under a subfloor, or embedded in specially-designed subflooring panels.
- Electric. Instead of hot water, this type uses electric resistance cable. It’s available in different size rolls and mats with the electric cables inlaid into conductive plastic mesh. Typically, it’s installed on top of a sub-floor or concrete slab in thin-set mortar. The cost of electricity makes it best suited for heating a single room or as a supplemental heat source.
Advantages of Installing Radiant Heating
When you have radiant heating installed, you’ll reap a number of benefits, including:
- Consistent comfort. The warmth from radiant heating spreads up through the floor into the home’s structure and your furniture and fixtures, so it’s an even heat without any cold spots.
- Better air quality. Because there’s no dust- and allergen-laden air getting pushed around by a blower fan, you’ll have better indoor air quality.
- Improved heating efficiency. Because radiant heating doesn’t have to travel through ductwork there’s no heat lost through conduction or leaks, so it’s more efficient than a forced air system.
- Easy zoning. A single room with radiant heating is automatically an independent zone. A hydronic whole-house system is easy to zone, too, and there are wireless controls available specifically for this type of heating.
If you’d like to learn more or you’re ready to install radiant heating in your Long Island home, contact us at Cool Power.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about radiant heating and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.
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