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What is Radiant Floor Heating?

2015-08-07

Radiant floor heating has existed for thousands of years. The Romans first implemented in it by building raised marble floors. The fires which were used for heating had their flues built to channel the rising heat from the fire to flow underneath the floors. This kept feet and rooms in Rome much warmer. Centuries later, radiant floor heating was tried again, this time with hot water being pumped through buried copper popes in homes. The problem then was the copper pipes eroding and leaking. Fortunately, technology has provided us with a new means of radiant floor heating which is more effective than ever before.

Today, you can install a radiant floor heating system in any part of your home, whether you want it in just a couple bathrooms or the whole house. The form of radiant floor heating involves using special mats which have wires running through them. When electricity runs through these mats they heat up and then heat the floor above them. This provides heat to cold floors and allows heat to naturally rise up through a room making it far more comfortable for inhabitants.

Tile Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating is far more energy efficient because of where it applies heat in a home. Instead of trying to warm a whole room from the edges, like many radiators do or with hot air ducts, it comes from the bottom up. Hot air ducts apply the air to the top of the room and the heat immediately rises up and then only starts to sink back down after it has begun to cool. Radiators are always near the walls of the house, so lots of heat bleeds out immediately and it leaves parts of the room cold. Radiant floor heating can be easily controlled with a thermostat and is applied evenly across the entire room from underneath the floor.

Radiant floor heating can be easily controlled via a thermostat just like a hot air heat and radiators are. This type of heating is quiet and doesn't cause the noise that hot air heat and radiators do. It will help people who suffer from allergies, too, because it doesn't blow dust into rooms from ducts like hot air heat. This style of radiant floor heating can be easily installed all kinds of houses and underneath wood, tile and carpet floors. The installation is very straightforward and simple which means any enterprising home owner can do it themselves if they desire.

If you're looking for a more comfortable, energy efficient way to heat your home in the cold months, then radiant floor heating is the system for you.

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