When the winter season ends, many homeowners are complaining about their high heating bills and are on the lookout for a more energy saving strategy to heat their homes for the next cold wave. Over a conventional forced air system, more and more household owners prefer to have a radiant floor heating system installed. The question is- did they make the right choice?
What is Radiant Floor Heating?
Radiant floor heating systems allow for heat movement through the platforms on your floor. The heat then travels in its natural motion upward to the different parts of your room. The two types of radiant floor heating are electric and hydronic. In an electric radiant heating, the source is coming from electric heating cables under the floor. For hydronic, you will have water-heated tubing installed in your floor, walls or ceilings. Both are effective types of radiant heating so you can choose whichever you prefer.
Why Choose Radiant Floor Heating?
Radiant floor heating provides consistent temperature throughout your home as compared to the different temperatures that you feel in each room using your electrical forced air system. It also runs quieter since there are no motors and fans which make noises.
You can always set the temperature of the room depending on your activity. It’s efficient since you can manipulate the system depending on how you use the room. Although radiant floor heating system can be costly upfront but you can bring back your investment through the savings you’ll get.
The Cons Of Radiant Floor Heating
Although radiant floor heating is advantageous for many reasons, we must still specify the reasons why most homeowners would still prefer a conventional gas or electrical forced air.
Radiant floor heating is not as effective as it should be when the floor has insulators like carpet. Carpets block the fast distribution of warm air which can cause extended time to heat your home. Aside from that, only few contractors know how to correctly install radiant floor heating systems since installation is a bit tricky. Lastly, the whole system is costly upfront and it still requires a new distribution system. That means, you should prepare yourself for a major floor replacement.
Since you will be dealing with great expense when investing on a radiant floor heating, it’s just right to ask for suggestions from the experts to prevent improper installation and waste of money.