New year, new home: Remodeling with radiant heating

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 09:08

For many people, the start of a new year marks the perfect time to make some major changes - not just to their lifestyle, but also to their home. Whether or not you realize it, there are probably certain components in your home that are inefficient and, as a result, are costing you more money than you need to be spending. If you're considering making some updates to your home this year, radiant heating is an ideal investment to start with. While some may assume that these energy-efficient systems can only be installed easily during the building process, high quality radiant heating systems are actually optimal for remodeling projects. Here's what you need to know:

  • All floor materials can be used with floor heating. However, some are especially effective, and each require different considerations to ensure proper installation. For example, stone, concrete and ceramic tile have the ability to conduct, transfer and hold heat better. Additionally, these materials can handle high temperatures without suffering any damage.
  • You can, in fact, reap the benefits of radiant heating with wood floors. Variations in temperature can cause wood floors to shrink and expand, resulting in gaps. However, a professional installer can minimize or completely eliminate this problem and actually maximize thermodynamic performance and improve the stiffness of the floor.
  • Wide plank flooring is ideal for radiant heating because these boards can expand and contract better when faced with fluctuating humidity.
  • Plastic laminate and vinyl have some temperature limitations, but that does not mean it's impossible to capitalize on radiant heating with these kinds of floors. With a suitable substrate, these floors can emit substantial warmth so that your home is heated at an even temperature.
  • Previously, many people were unable to enjoy the advantages of radiant heating with carpeted floors due to their innate insulation properties. However, a high-quality system should have such powerful heat conductivity that even the thickest of carpeting can emanate substantial warmth.