When you are in the process of trying to make a decision of what type of heating system you want to install or replace, consider Radiant Floor Heating. Radiant Floor Heating Systems will supply the home with heat directly to the special panels that are attached to the flooring, ceiling or walls in the space that you are looking to heat. Radiant Heating comes from the idea of the radiant heat transfer or the infrared heat waves that bring the heat directly through the radiation heat waves from the hot surface of heating panels.
You may find radiant heating in more expensive homes but there are more homeowners out there looking to make the switch. A more common term for radiant heating is just simply floor heating. The radiant heating is very efficient and will help keep the energy costs down. The radiant floor heating system is more efficient than forced air heating since there is no heat loss that can be lost in ductwork. Plus, since there are no ducts, you will have cleaner air since there is no place for dust to accumulate.
There are three different types of radiant floor heating, the air radiant floor heating, electric radiant floors and hydronic radiant floor heating. Radiant Floor Heating Systems do rely on the idea of convection, this is the natural circulation of heat inside a room, and the heat comes from the heat rising from the floor. The radiant floor heating systems do depend on different mechanisms and principles other than radiant panels that are used in walls and in ceilings.
Hydronic Radiant Floors are the most popular and most economic choice of radiant heating for homes in cooler climates. The Hydronic system pumps heated water through a series of tubes or pipes that loop from the boiler to the heated spaces and back again. These heating loops are called Zones and they are all individually controlled by thermostats that are wired to circulation pumps and electronic control valves.
The circulation heat pipes will loop from the boiler through tubing that is installed in an efficient pattern under the floor. Ceramic Tiling is one of the most common and most effective floor covering for radiant heat systems. Ceramic is a good heat conductor and the combination of ceramic, concrete and adhesive you can establish a good energy efficient and cost effective way to heat up your home. Of course you can choose any materials you would like, if you are not sure consult a radiant floor heating expert.
The cost of installing these systems may vary depending on the size of the heating space. It is a good idea to take some measurements and call different qualified radiant heating installers. There may be companies out there that claim they can do it but, it is a good idea to have this heating system done by a qualified radiant heating specialist. Make sure they are licensed and insured just to cover yourself in the event that something goes wrong. Take your time and do the research you will be glad you did.