Considerations Before Installing Radiant Floor Heating

Considerations Before Installing Radiant Floor Heating

Are you still having flashbacks to the scare of a cold floor on winter mornings? Stepping onto hard surface flooring can be a source of great discomfort. While slippers and area rugs can make the floor more comfortable to walk on, none of them will warm your toes much better than a radiant floor heating system. Knowing the advantages and drawbacks of this cold-floor solution will help you establish whether it’s suitable for your home’s heating needs.

The Pros

  • Durable — Radiant floor systems can outlast your furnace. With proper maintenance, they can last as long as 35 years.
  • Safe — In-floor heating systems don’t use ductwork, registers, returns, and fans to circulate heated air, thus helping reduce the dust and allergens in your home. With the system tucked under your floor, it remains safe to the touch.
  • Versatile — Underfloor heating works well with many floor types, including wood, stone, tile, laminate, and carpet.
  • Energy efficient — An in-floor system will heat rooms from the ground up. Therefore, you can set your thermostat to a lower temperature and still feel more comfortable. What’s more, it cycles less frequently than forced air systems.

The Cons

  • Installation cost — The cost of installing radiant floor heating is significantly high.
  • Costly repairs — It’s not easy to locate trouble spots when problems arise. For that reason, repairs can be expensive.
  • Time to warm up — Heated floors can take a long time to warm up a home. Hydronic radiant systems can take several hours to circulate enough water to warm your flooring.

Radiant floor heating is an energy efficient technique of keeping your house warm. It will lower your heating bills in the long term. However, because the pipes or coils have to be installed underneath your floor, your existing flooring may have to be ripped out. This can add considerably to the installation costs.

To save substantially on labor costs, consider installing the system as part of a major remodel or new construction. For more expert advice on the suitability of a radiant floor heating system to your Monmouth County home, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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