So, you’re looking around for a new home heating system, and you’ve heard tell of something called “radiant floor heating.” Radiant floor heating is something that is often overshadowed by forced air systems, especially furnaces. This is a shame, since radiant floor heating actually has quite a few benefits compared to other systems. Let’s take a look at the advantages you can garner by installing radiant floor heating in your home.
What is Radiant Floor Heating?
First things first, what exactly is radiant floor heating? Radiant floor heating is a boiler-based system that uses hot water to heat the rooms of your house. Installing a radiant floor heating system begins by installing a network of water pipes in the subfloor of each room. This network is then connected to a central boiler. The boiler heats and distributes water throughout the house using this network. While the boiler is in operation, the heat from the water is transmitted through the water pipes and up through the floor.
What are the Benefits
The primary benefit of radiant floor heating is simple: it heats rooms better than forced air systems do. There are two reasons for this. The first reason is that water is a much better thermal conductor than air is. Water heats up more quickly, and retains heat for longer, than air does. This allows more heat to be delivered to each room, and for that heat to last longer.
The second reason has to do with the actual delivery system. Forced air systems lose as much as 30% of their heat on average to leaks in the ductwork. That’s almost a third of the system’s total heat output that is being wasted every time the heat is on. Radiant heat systems don’t use ducts at all, thus avoiding one of the biggest drawbacks of more traditional systems.
Overall, a radiant floor heating system is much more energy efficient than furnace systems, and can save you quite a bit of money. If you’d like to know more about installing a radiant floor heating system, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. Our heating experts cover all of Swain County.