Interior Design & Flooring

Invest in radiant floor heating

Mon, 10/28/2013 - 22:16

Homeowners who are tired of paying for ever-rising utilities may want to consider the benefits of investing in a radiant floor heating system. This sustainable solution provides a homeowner with a wide range of benefits. 
Here are the top three reasons most homeowners invest in a radiant floor heating system:
1) Increased comfort. Because of the consistent delivery of warmth, a radiant floor heating system boosts the comfort a homeowner will feel in a space. There's never a moment without warmth traveling through a room. In addition, the warmth is applied directly to the floors, which allows a person to feel relaxed with warm feet as they walk around the house. Imagine, with a radiant floor heating system, a homeowner will never have to experience the discomfort of walking across a cold floor in the morning as he or she gets ready for work. 
2) Improved energy efficiency. Unlike traditional heat delivery systems like radiators, vents or baseboard units, a radiant floor heating system applies warmth directly through the power of conduction. This allows the warmth created by the heating technology to be thermally stored in the walls, floors and pieces of furniture. In addition to applying heat more directly, the system also reduces heat loss. The thermal qualities of the technology reduces the opportunity for heat to escape outside the home, which decreases the amount of energy that needs to be burned to warm a house during cooler months. 
3) Reduced allergens. Most heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems use vents to transfer hot air around a house. Both commercial and residential properties often have a system that is comprised of dozens to hundreds of ducts in the walls and floors of a home. While all of these systems have a filter, it is very common for common allergens to get stored within a ventilation system. Fine particulate matter like dust, dirt, pollen and dandruff can get trapped in a ventilation system when it is inactive, only to be pushed around the house when it is turned on - traditionally in the fall when the cooler temperatures force a homeowner to turn on the heat. This can often cause homeowners with allergies or respiratory issues to have an allergy attack or problems breathing.