Radiant in Residential

Habitat for Humanity's Alaskan home features radiant floor heating

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 22:29

The non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity is known for building houses for low-income families across the United States. It works with volunteers and local contractors to construct structures that will be affordable for those who work hard, yet might be struggling to get by. 
Alaska Dispatch reported that the organization is in North Pole giving one family a new home that is outfitted with the latest in sustainable technologies to ensure the family can afford the place. According to the news source, Habitat for Humanity's building standards dictate that the cost of living for the home must not exceed 30 percent of a family's gross income. In North Pole, heating a house can quickly make a heating bill shoot up past this limit, which is why a radiant floor heating system is expected to be placed in the home with geothermal technology.
"The heating part of it is huge," executive director Jay Pruce told the news source. "That's what puts (families) in sub-standard housing." 
A radiant floor heating system is the ideal solution when coupled with a geothermal unit. Both technologies are eco-friendly and promote greater energy savings because of how effectively they use power. The geothermal unit will bring heated water up from below the earth's surface, while the radiant floor heating system will evenly distribute the warmth throughout the home. Combined with high R-value insulation, and this Habitat for Humanity home is going to provide one lucky family an opportunity to live in comfort - without paying thousands of dollars each month in energy costs. 
Homeowners in any climate can benefit from the energy efficiency of a radiant floor heating system.