More and more homeowners are opting for radiant floor heating due to the many benefits it has to offer. It heats rooms evenly, is energy efficient, quiet, and doesn’t interfere with furniture placement. However, it doesn’t suit everyone. Be sure to make the following considerations before investing in a radiant heating system.
Type of residence
A radiant system can be an excellent option for your primary residence. On the other hand, it may not suit that vacation home where you only spend a few days in a year. That’s because when you turn it on, it takes time for the coils under the floor to heat up and then transfer the warmth to the room. So it may get warm after you’ve left the house.
Age of the house
Installing a radiant floor heating system involves extensive remodeling. It’s easier to add the system to a new home that’s under construction than an existing one because you don’t have to rip anything up. For example, it’s almost impossible to run a hydronic radiant heat system below an existing floor during remodeling.
This heating system transfers heat to the floor mass before radiating it to people, walls, furniture and other solid articles in a room. The better the floor is at conducting heat, the more efficient the system will be.
Location of installation
Radiant heat works best in your floor. For it to be installed there, the floor will have to be torn up. If you don’t want to install it in the floor, you can have it put in walls or ceilings. However, these locations aren’t ideal.
A qualified HVAC contractor can help you figure out if radiant heat is ideal for your home. If you need more information on radiant floor heating systems, please contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We’ve helped homeowners in in the central New Jersey area with their heating, cooling, and plumbing needs for three generations.
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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