Radiant floor heating is usually done either in a small area or throughout the entire home. When heating the entire home, the preferred method is accomplished by circulating hot water through tubing hidden in a conductive panel beneath your finished floors. Your entire floor becomes a radiator, warming living spaces with constant, even heat; no uncomfortable hot or cold air pockets depending on where you are in your home.
Below are the top 3 reasons why radiant floor heat is the best whole-home heating solution:
1) Radiant floor heat is more comfortable
The best heating system a building can have is the one you don't realize is there. There are no forced air registers to see, no loud noise or dust from mechanical blowers, no hot air blowing on you, no hot ceilings to waste energy and no cold floors to chill your feet.
2) Radiant floor heat is more energy efficient
A typical radiant heated home in the United States can expect a 25%* energy savings over a conventional forced air heated home. Note: it is difficult to precisely quantify the actual savings due to a number of variables, including: design of a particular home, the climate zone, type of fuel used to heat the home, etc.
*A 1998 study done at Kansas State University in conjunction with the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) established the 25% figure.
3) Radiant floor heat provides a healthier home environment
Radiant floor heat systems provide clean indoor air quality which is integral in having a healthy home. The heat is radiated from the floor so there are no allergens or dust particles blowing around the room as there are with forced air systems. This inhibits germs and viruses from passing around as quickly, and with the reduction of pollen and dust, will also reduce the incidences of asthma and allergies.
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