Heat Transfer Properties of Radiant Heat in Wood Floors Heat Transfer Properties of Radiant Heat in Wood Floors

The heat transfer properties of radiant heat wood floors can enhance or negate your home comfort depending on the type of wood flooring you install. Hardwoods, with lower moisture content than softwoods, make better radiant heat wood flooring, because they do not warp or dry out upon exposure to heat. Learn below about the best woods and wood substitutes to use in a radiant heat wood floor.

Types of Radiant Heat Flooring

There are two main types of radiant heat wood flooring. In an electrically heated floor, heating coils between the floor surface and the subfloor engage quickly, heat the floor and the room rapidly, and cool off quickly when the heating is turned off.

The heated-fluid type uses coils below a thin subfloor. The coils are filled with a gelatin that heats slowly but retains heat for a long time after shutdown. The heated-fluid type of radiant heat flooring works best under a hardwood floor. The heated coils do not touch the hardwood, so they cannot damage it through excessive heat.

Wood Laminate Flooring

To save costs and energy, install an electrically heated floor directly under wood laminate flooring. Laminated wood does not shrink or warp when heated, like natural wood can, yet it costs less to install and looks great for years.

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