Whether you are renovating your home interiors or building a new home, radiant floor heating is something you can consider incorporating into your plan. Today, the trusted home remodelers at Highland Design + Build share everything you need to know about heated floors to help you make an informed decision.
About Radiant Floor Heating
A traditional heating system heats the air, which then warms the people up inside a room. A radiant heating system, meanwhile, transfers heat directly onto objects. This provides occupants warmth even with cooler ambient temperatures. It follows the same concept of standing in the shade versus standing under the heat.
Different Types of Heated Flooring
Interior remodelers incorporate heated floors in areas that can benefit from radiant heat, including bathrooms, kitchens, basements and bedrooms located over an unheated space. There are two main types of radiant floor heating systems: electric and hydronic. The former has electric heating elements and is easy to install and ideal for remodeling projects. The latter, meanwhile, uses hot water pumped through plastic tubing laid out in a pattern. Perfect for new construction, it requires a boiler, a pump, and a network of gas lines.
Advantages of Heated Flooring
While furnaces utilize ducts and vents to distribute heated air around your home, underfloor heating radiates warmth upward. This results in an evenly heated room, allowing you to feel more comfortable despite lower ambient temperature levels. Another advantage of heated flooring, particularly the electric type, is that it doesn’t require maintenance. You also don’t hear anything while it in operation. More importantly, it is an efficient way to ensure indoor comfort. In fact, electric floor-heating systems are at least 25 percent more efficient than forced-air systems.
As the trusted design/build company in the area, Highland Design + Build offers custom construction and remodeling services. Call our bathroom or kitchen designer today at (205) 968-6000 to discuss your vision with us. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.