Imagine on a cold morning with snow falling outside, you get out of bed and put your bare feet on a warm hardwood floor. In the bathroom, you put your feet on warm heated ceramic tiles. In the kitchen, your feet encounter a warm, tiled floor. How is all this possible? Well, this is all possible with radiant floor heating.
Radiant floor heating technology is an old concept to heat floor. The concept was used by ancient Romans who used hot water pipes to warm floors. This system is still in use in most parts of Europe. Radiant floor heating system is not only a silent way to heat floors, but it is also economical in terms of cost benefits. There are no loud air ducts or furnaces to deal with. It is also better for people with allergies.
How Radiant Floor Heating Works
Radiant Floor Heating or RFH systems fall into two categories – Electric and Hydronic.
During radiant floor heating (RFH) installation, electric heating coils or water-heated tubing are installed under the floors of your home. Heat from the floor warms everything that comes in contact with the floor and radiates throughout the room. Radiant floor heating system works more or less like heat from the sun. Imagine on a sunny day, you step from the shade into the sun, you feel warmer even though the air temperature is the same. This is how radiant floor heating works.
Radiant floor heating can save money on your heating costs. It can slash heating costs by 25 to 50 percent. If you are going for a new construction, the best choice for you would be a whole-house radiant floor heating system. Existing home can also successfully install RFH systems.