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When it comes to radiant heating, floor heat is often the method of choice for an effective way to heat your home. There are several different ways to install radiant heat in your floor.

Air heated radiant floors are the least efficient because air can’t hold a large amount of heat. You might see these used in conjunction with solar heat, which is effective during the day, however you might see a reduction in heating ability when the sun isn’t shining at night.  This can leave you a little chilly at 3 am in colder weather. Although you might get sufficient results in normally warmer climates, if you live in an area that consistently drops below freezing, you might be a little disappointed.

Radiant heating generated with electricity is accomplished by the installation of electric cables built into the flooring. There are systems that use mats that are constructed of conductive plastic that allow the electricity to travel throughout the mat, thus heating the floor. These mats are installed on the subfloor beneath the flooring that you see. The top level of the flooring must be of a nature that is conducive to generating heat such as tile.

With liquid radiant heating, floor heat is generated by pumping hot water through tubes that are installed in a pattern underneath the floor.  Allowing or restricting the flow of hot water through each tube often controls the temperature.  Since the tubes are set up in zones with individual pumps and thermostats, you can control the temperature in each zone to your comfort level.

If you are considering installing radiant heating, floor installations can vary widely in their implementation and cost. Before making your final decision, you need to look at the cost of installation and the cost of operation to make an informed decision Armed with this information, you can find a solution that will not only keep your home at comfortable temperatures, but could save you money on your monthly electric bill.  

The cost of installing radiant heated floors in your home is dependent on where you live and the overall demand in your area. If you live in a typically colder climate, you can probably expect to pay more than you would if you live in an area with moderate temperatures.  The cost of operation also largely depends on where you’re located. These factors are more than likely going to be a part of your decision when it comes to choosing which type of radiant floor heating will work best for you. There a number of different radiant heating options.


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