Whether you have just gotten out of bed or your stepping from of a warm shower, stepping onto a cold floor is one of the quickest ways to throw you into a foul mood. Luckily, your toes don’t have to suffer this chilly fate. With radiant floor heating, you can treat your feet and your nerves to the soothing touch of warmth.

4 Things to Know About Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant Floors Keep Your Room an Even Temp

There are no two ways about it — heat rises. And, it is not likely that you are spending your time huddled near the ceiling taking advantage of all that warm air. Traditionally heating is provided by forced-air, which typically allows heat to drift up quickly. But, radiant floors allow the heat to move slowly up through the room, keeping the space more evenly heated. This means that not only are radiant floors keeping your toes toasty — they keep your entire body toasty too!

Radiant Floors are more Affordable than Ever

When radiant floors first hit the market, they were wildly expensive. Luckily, this isn’t the case today. They are more affordable than ever, with several options that can be installed going the do-it-yourself route.

Radiant Floors are more Consistent than Ever

Like the cost, radiant floors have also seen drastic improvements in their effectiveness. In the early days of radiant floor heating, the floor was often warm in patches. Such is not the case now, as technology has allowed the heat to be more evenly dispersed throughout the house.

Radiant Floors Can be Ultra Efficient

The heat produced by radiant floors is trained for longer than the heat produced by forced air. This means less energy is used to keep the room warm. Furthermore, less heat is being lost to the top half of the room.

That being said, several factors influence the effectiveness of radiant floor heating, such as:

  • How air-tight your room is. If there are major drafts, this will cut down on the effectiveness of the heat produced.
  • Insulation. Like drafts, insulation greatly impacts the effectiveness of any heating system.
  • The type of flooring being used. For example, cement is known to absorb the heat from radiant floors, cutting down on their effectiveness.

There is More than One Type of Radiant Heat from which to Choose

When it comes to radiant floor heating in your bathroom, you have two choices:

Electric Radiant Heating

This type of radiant heating uses electrical currents to warm a heating element beneath the floor. The heating element is made of coils. This is the most common type of radiant floor heating and can often be installed at a fairly affordable price point. It is also a much easier installation choice during a bathroom remodel upgrade.

Hydronic Floor Heating

This type of radiant heating uses conduction, convection and radiation to warm a liquid that runs in tubes beneath your floor. Like electric radiant heating, it is installed under your floor. However, this technology utilizes a boiler system to conduct and heat the water in the tubes. While operating costs can be less than electric radiant heating, installation costs can often be more, as the installation process can be invasive and requires a boiler. Most times, this is a better option for new construction.

To Make Radiant Heat as Efficient as Possible Us it in Rooms with Low Ceilings

Because heat rises, the lower your ceilings are, the more efficient your home will be to heat — this is true no matter what form of heat you choose to use. In the case of radiant floors, you can often run them at a lower temperature than forced air while feeling just a comfortable. This is because the warm air isn’t moving, cutting down on any wind chill you might experience.

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