Radiant Floor Heating is Effective, Efficient and Attractive to Homeowners
If you’re considering new floors, an addition, a remodel, or a new build, make sure radiant floor heating is included in your plans. In-Floor Heating, Under-Floor Heating, Radiant Floor Heating, whatever you call it, will improve your property value, and provide an advantage for resale as well. In fact, a recent article in The Oregonion highlights Radiant Floor Heating as a feature that is moving from “luxury” to standard in Oregon homes.
Radiant floor heating is the most effective method of evenly distributing heat throughout your home or office. In addition to feeling the radiant heat from contact with the floor, floor heating also creates a small convection current throughout the area as the air warmed by the floor rises, driving cooler air down to be warmed, and repeating the cycle. Unlike HVAC systems, the room is evenly heated from all areas, not relying on one or two ducts to deliver warm air to only limited sections of the room. Because warm air rises, radiant floor heating creates a comfortable experience by putting the heat directly where you feel it, rising from the floor throughout the entire space. Additionally, many people, especially those with allergies or respiratory sensitivities, find radiant floor heating a fantastic way to improve air quality and comfort in the dwelling since air isn’t blown into the room, but warmth is created comfortably from within the flooring.
Under-floor heating is energy-saving and efficient as it eliminates heat loss via the ductwork in traditional HVAC systems. According to the Dept of Energy, radiant heating can be up to 25% more efficient at delivering warmth than traditional HVAC systems. The three main types of floor heating systems are electric, air and hydronic and, although they vary in the way heat is generated, the release of energy is via radiation directly from the heat source to the flooring above, eliminating unnecessary heat loss. Reflective material is often installed under the heating elements in the subfloor to further improve efficiency by directing the highest percentage of heat upwards into the flooring above. Depending on the size of the room and the type of material on the floor, radiant flooring can keep rooms warm and comfortable for up to 8 hours during daylight hours with no additional heat generation.
Power sources for in-floor, under-floor heating systems can include the boiler, solar, or tying into the existing HVAC system. But because radiant floor heating provides heat via radiation and convection, it is recommended to use a separate radiant heat thermostat to ensure that the flooring is comfortable to touch while maintaining a comfortable room temperature. Hydronic floor systems must rely on a boiler to push heated water through the tubing, but electric systems offer more options for power sources.
Including radiant floor heating in your new build, remodel, or installation of new flooring will be an investment that will pay you back. The additional cost of adding radiant floor heating is not only manageable to include in the construction, it’s one of the most sought-after property improvements you can make to your Oregon home. Contact the experts at Montgomery Remodeling and Restoration today for more information on radiant floor heating options. Comfortable, efficient, clean, and effective, under-floor heating is the right choice for Oregon homeowners.