Radiant floor heating can help make your home a more comfortable space during the winter months. Instead of walking across cold floors, why not customize your home for your ultimate comfort? Installing heated floors not only improves your quality of life, but increases the value of your home. Keep reading to learn why more and more homeowners are hiring HVAC contractors to install radiant heating systems.
What is radiant floor heating?
Are there different types of radiant heating systems?
The different types of radiant heating systems include electric, hydronic, and air. Electric floor heating uses electric coils to produce heat. Hydronic radiant floor heating uses pipes underneath your floors where heated water from your boiler passes through. Air radiant heating is the least efficient because air isn’t able to retain heat as effectively as water or electric heating coils.
How are radiant heating systems installed under floors?
Floors typically have four layers:
- Floor covering (the wood planks or tiles you walk on)
- Underlayment (an optional layer that helps your floor’s surface look even)
- Subfloor (a structural layer that supports the weight of the floor and furniture)
- Joists (strong beams that serve as the foundation)
How we install radiant floor heating will depend on the type of system you choose. For example, we are able to install tubing for electric radiant floor heating under the subfloor during new construction. The tubing is then insulated with foil or fiberglass. It may also be possible to install radiant heat tubing within a plywood underlayment system or on top of a wood subfloor. A HVAC company will know the best way to implement underfloor heating.
What are the benefits of heated floors?
While hardwood or tile floors provide a classic aesthetic to any home, they can also be cold to walk on in the winter. If you plan on spending a lot of time in a room with hard floors, you may want to consider a radiant heating system. Rooms with radiant floors are more comfortable during the cold months.
Radiant floor heating can also help decrease your energy costs. Unlike carpeted floors, hardwood and tile floors are able to conduct heat more quickly so you can enjoy evenly heated floors throughout your home. In Michigan, radiant floor heating isn’t enough to keep your home comfortable in the winter. However, it can effectively supplement your current heating system.
Our Lansing HVAC contractors at Block Sloane Heating & Cooling work hard so your home stays a comfortable temperature year-round. We offer both installation and maintenance services for your heating and cooling system. To schedule an estimate for radiant heating systems, call (517) 485-9437.