One of the most uncomfortable aspects of the winter season is dealing with cold floors in your home. Whether hardwood or tile, vinyl or even carpet, cold floors are a bane to homeowners. For some of us, the solution is a good pair of thick socks. There are other options, however, that can address the problem far more effectively and completely. Radiant heating is a technology that involves pumping hot air, water, or electricity through the subfloor to warm the floor of the house. This is done by installing cables or tubes in the subfloor to carry the chosen medium throughout the house. This keeps the floors at a comfortable temperature, and can even aid in heating the rest of the house. Let’s take a look at how radiant heating systems are installed, and how they can effectively heat your home.
Wet installations are the oldest type of radiant floor systems in use today. They involve embedding the cables or tubes in a concrete layer between the subfloor and the floor surface. This system is useful because concrete stores thermal energy very well over a long period of time. Unfortunately, it takes a long time for concrete to heat to the desired temperature, making fluctuating temperature settings extremely difficult.
Dry Floor Installations
Dry installations are a fairly new technique that involves running tubing or cables through an open space between the floor and subfloor. By forgoing the concrete layer present in wet installations, this system heats the floor faster and can adapt to thermostat changes more quickly. The tradeoff is that this system has to run hotter to compensate for the heat lost in the space between floors. There are a number of methods that can compensate for this heat lost, such as installing aluminum sheeting under the floor to reflect heat upwards. Still, there will always be more heat lost compared to the wet installation.
Call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems for your radiant heating needs. Our team of Bryson City professionals can help you choose the radiant floor heating system that is right for you.