Pros and Cons of Radiant Floor Heating

Pros and Cons of Radiant Floor Heating

Is radiant floor heating right for your property? Consider the pros and cons.

Heated floors are not a recent invention but go back for centuries as a wonderful way to keep warm. The ancient Chinese, Koreans, and Romans used various forms of it. Today, radiant floor heating is one of the most efficient ways to heat your home all year round. Like anything, though, it comes with both pros and cons. 

1.Perfectly Comfortable

Radiant floor heating provides an incredibly even and well balanced heat across the entire house. Unlike forced air, radiant floor heating can be easily zoned into small areas such as individual rooms and even small bathrooms. Radiant heat by nature also remains near floor level; unlike forced air heat that rises to the upper level of the space. Probably the most important aspect of radiant floor heating is that the heat is provided with no air movement. When air is blown through the house it creates the feeling of a draft and can make the air feel cooler than it really is. Radiant heat has no moving air and creates an incredibly warm and cozy home.

2. Efficient

Another benefit is that it provides uniform heat at a low monthly cost. Whether you have an electric or hydronic system, you will have a substantially lower energy bill than is average for households. With wires or tubes distributed evenly across the floor, the whole room will stay comfortable.

3. Quiet 

These systems are also quiet, practically silent. While the furnace, air conditioner, and other appliances may make their minimal noises when they run, the floor stays quiet.

5. Luxurious

Radiant floor heating has plenty of practical advantages, but the best is that it feels great underfoot. On a cold morning or after stepping out of the shower, heated flooring is divine.

1. Expensive

Unfortunately, that level of comfort comes at a price. Radiant floor heating is still a relatively expensive heating option. However, one can make the most of it in just one room of the house, like the bathroom or living room. Talk with an expert to determine what type of radiant will work best for the space you are trying to heat.

2. Hard to Replace

Few homeowners can say they have lived in their house for over 30 years. However, keep in mind that when one installs radiant heating, one will have to pull up the entire flooring in the given room to replace the system. It’s because of this that radiant is usually installed in large renovations or new construction 

3. Raised Floor Height

Another concern about these systems is that they can raise the floor height to an uncomfortable level, as high as half an inch or an inch. However, there are ways to keep the height to a minimum. That is why radiant is usually done in a renovation or new construction. If you think radiant floor heating might work for you, contact Ground Loop today! 


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