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How do Traditional Heating Systems Compare to Radiant Floor Heating?

February 27, 2013 00:02 AM  BY  JEN HALLAM

How do Traditional Heating Systems Compare to Radiant Floor Heating?

Installing a heated floor in the bathroom.When it comes to heating a home efficiently it’s hard to beat radiant floor heating in terms of warming output and energy usage. Traditional home heating systems are relatively inefficient in comparison to floor heating systems. Forced air furnaces for example, focus only on heating the air, usually through outer walled heat ducts that are cold to begin with. The heated air has to work extra hard to distribute through a room and the heat simply rises to the tops of the room, where unless you are a bat on the ceiling, you can’t benefit from the warmed air. The cold air sinks to the baseboards quickly and your home heating costs sky rocket as you attempt to heat the lower portions of your rooms.  

Radiant floor heating systems work to evenly and efficiently to distribute radiant heat through a room starting in the floor, allowing the heat to rise and generate consistent warmth in a room. Radiant floor heating works to connect with and heat everything it comes into contact with. Underfloor heat can be applied to a variety of floor surfaces, including tile, carpet, hardwood, and laminate. Each radiant floor heating system is controlled by a thermostat attached to an in-floor sensor.

 


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