With a hydronic radiant floor heating system, hot water is pumped through small, flexible pipes located under the surface of the floor. Heat radiates from the water, through the piping and flooring material and into the air. As a result, the entire floor area is heated. The heat in your home is consistent and even. Drafts caused by forced air furnaces are eliminated. Unlike forced air systems that blow all the heat to the ceiling, leaving you with cold feet and hat air to breathe, hydronic radiant floor heating systems give you “inverted heat stratification.” This means the floor is warmer than the ceiling.
Inverted heat stratification is the ideal way to heat the human body: Your feet are warm, so you feel comfortable and because the air near the ceiling is slightly cooler, it feels fresher to breathe. You feel better and more energetic; everybody loves it.
Radiant floor heating can be installed in almost any new floor and most existing floors.
There are three basic installation types: Slab-on-grade systems: Heating pipes are laid within a newly-poured concrete slab Thin-slab systems: Heating pipes are laid within a light concrete or gypsum-based flooring material which is poured over an existing floor Dry systems: Heating pipes can either be stapled under an existing floor, between the floor joists, or between a sub-floor and a finish floor, using plywood “sleepers” to separate the finish floor and the sub-floor, creating a space to lay the piping.
When installed correctly, all three installation types create a heating system that is much more efficient and comfortable than a conventional forced air furnace system.
Experience the difference radiant floor heating can make. You’ll be glad you did.
More economical than standard gas, electric or oil heating systems using Forced Air Systems The prices of electricity, fuel oil and especially natural gas, are rising at an alarming rate and all indications are that this trend will continue in the future.