Radiant floor heating installation is needed to keep your feet warm and toasty on cold winter days. It would not be nice to experience walking on ice cold floor after removing your winter boots from your walk outside. Radiation is responsible for making an indoor atmosphere. Half of the warmth inside the house is from the radiation. The installation process involves long zigzagging cables of heating materials that are so thin so that they will not make your floors rise. They are arranged on the subfloor before cement is poured and smoothened on top of them. Radiant heat panels are preferably used because they have high ability of absorption and conduction of heat. Therefore, it requires low energy from the cables to heat the whole space.
Types of Installation
There are two types of radiant floor heating installation.
- The first type is the electric floor heating installation where electric systems are used provide heat to the whole house or a portion of it. The electric system could be a mesh bronze system, non-corrosive cables, pre- assembled cables, heat panels and mats. It can be installed under floor, directly under a rug or carpet. In an in floor heating installation, the heating cables are covered with cement. The cables used are the thin ones so that your cement will not rise. Of course, the cement needs to be seasoned first. High voltage is needed to use this type of heating. You need not to worry about the energy consumption because the output watt is the basis of consumption and not the voltage.
- The second type is the hydronic installation system. This makes use of fluids to run through the hose that is zigzagging on the floor. The fluid is made up of either water only or a combination of water and propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is an anti-freeze fluid. The fluid will run through the circulating pipes back to the broiler. It is a closed circulation between the floor and the broiler so that the fluid will not spill and will continuously run through the pipes.
Advantages and disadvantages of Radiant Floor Heating Installation
Like a crime story that has two versions, radiant floor heating installation has also two stories to tell: the advantages and the disadvantages. Its advantages against traditional home heating device are the following:
- Comfort. Heat is transferred from the floor to the feet. This makes a very comfy sensation. The surroundings are also radiated with heat. This will make you enjoy an indoor warm climate.
- Air quality. It cannot give a good air quality. It depends actually on the floor or the type of masonry that is made. If the floor quality is low and it can harbor molds, bacteria and pollen, chances are, you will not be having a clean air unless, you will have another device installation to dehumidify the air.
- Environmental friendly energy use. It is known that broilers have a reduced green house effect.
- Safety. There is no burn hazard because the pipes or the cables are embedded on the floor.
- Repair and maintenance. Compared to the conventional HVAC, maintenance is the same. Otherwise, when cables and pipes are under the floor, that would be the big disadvantage. All the under floor heating instillation depends on the proper outlaying. Defective out lay will cost you a real amount of cash and effort.
Disadvantages of radiant floor heating installation are as follows:
- They are heat-only system. Unlike the conventional home heating system, they often comes with cooling system, radiant heat only product heat.
- It is very hard to find installers.
- It can be expensive to install radiant heat.
- Some radiant heating system is not really cost-effective.
- Does not warm up right away with concrete flooring.
If you are planning to renovate a certain space in your house, this is the best time. You will achieve both new styled space and a new heating solution. Just look into all types of radiant floor heating installation and the advantages and disadvantage of each type.