The Advantages of Radiant Floor Heating Systems The Advantages of Radiant Floor Heating Systems

The radiant heat coming from beneath the floor can help save money on your energy bill. Not only does a radiant heat system reduce fuel costs, but compared to conventional methods it can also provide many other advantages. Radiant floor heating systems provide thermal comfort, a healthier heat alternative, a system that's invisible and silent, and durability. Here's some more details on its advantages.

Control

With a radiant floor heating system, you have the ability to control what area of the home is heated at any given time. This feature will save money by allowing you to only heat the areas of the home you need, rather than they whole house.

Health

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This is a healthier alternative to conventional heating systems because a radiant heat system doesn't circulate air through ducts, and therefore doesn't create airborne pollutants. A radiant heating system creates heat while remaining dust-free. Having a home free of dust and other pollutants is especially beneficial for anyone who has asthma, allergies, and other breathing issues.

Invisibility and Silence

A big advantage to having a radiant in-floor heating system is the simple fact that it's under the floor and out of sight. There are no unsightly heat emitters taking up space that could be put to better use. This leaves space to place other furniture throughout the room. Also, there are no noisy fans or pipes clanging in the wall from a radiator. You will not hear or see a floor heating system operate. The only way you will know the system is running is by feeling the comfort and warmth coming from beneath your feet.

Thermal Comfort

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Interior environments equipped with radiant heat systems are highly favorable to human thermal comfort. Most conventional heat systems heat the air directly. In contrast, a radiant heat system warms not only the air itself but also the surfaces of other objects in the room. This allows less heat to escape from occupants in the room, leaving most people feeling comfortably warm at room temperatures up to five degrees lower than with conventional heat systems.

Environmentally-Friendly

Due to its clean, draft-free heat and energy efficiency, radiant floor heating systems also offer some environmental advantages. Radiant floor heating systems can adapt to solar and geothermal energy-efficient sources and less building material is required to conceal ductwork.
Under two national programs, LEED (Leadership in Energy And Environmental Design) and the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Program, in-floor radiant heating can contribute to green building points. The Radiant Panel Association (RPA) developed green home building guidelines for radiant panel heating and is a recognized design reference for earning green building points. Green building points can also be earned by using an RPA-certified technician to install the radiant heat system.

Durability

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Radiant heat systems under concrete are nearly indestructible, with the heat focused at floor level. Other methods of heating create hot and cold spots and drafty air. With other heating methods, the heat rises to the ceiling quickly and is lost. With a concrete radiant heated floor, you can walk around barefoot, even in the winter.

Reduced Fuel Usage

When compared to other methods of heating in both commercial and residential buildings, radiant heat systems have been proven to reduce energy usage. Several factors involved result in savings such as the ability to run with lower water temperatures, the ability to sustain comfort at lower air temperatures, and reduced air temperature stratification. A very conservative estimate of savings is between 10 to 20%, but savings have been known to be even higher in some cases.

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