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How to improve the energy efficient of radiant floor heating

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 08:00

Homeowners with radiant floor heating love the comfort it provides and they also probably enjoy that it doesn't break the bank. The eco-friendly solution is more energy efficient than many traditional heating options like base board heating, radiators and vents. Instead of pushing hot air around a home, radiant floor heating transfers warmth through convection. This helps make the utility a more effective option and promotes smart energy use.
However, there are additional steps a homeowner can take to improve the energy efficiency of his or her radiant floor heating system. Here are three green steps to consider:
1) Improved insulation. Every crack, hole or decreased insulation level in a home can translate into great energy loss. Because heat radiates out, a homeowner could be heating the outdoors if a home does not have high-quality insulation throughout the entire structure. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that common areas that homeowners, contractors and homebuilders forget to insulate include the attic, basement and around ducts.
2) High R-value windows. Windows are an important feature of any home because they allow natural light to flow in, create architectural detail and provide access to great views. However, windows are also key areas through which heat energy can escape. A homeowner might want to purchase more energy-efficient windows that feature a high R-value to decrease the chance of heat and cool energy loss.
3) Smart thermostat. A homeowner that leaves his or her house for hours at a time, like during the eight-hour workday, may want to consider installing a smart, programmable thermostat. By setting heat levels to decrease during the day, a homeowner can reduce the amount of energy the system runs off without negatively impacting comfort levels. The programmable system allow a person to set the heat to come on an hour or so before he or she arrives home so that rooms are nice and toasty just in time for when they are in use.