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Radiant Heating

Radiant floor heating is an efficient. comfortable and desirable form of heating a house or structure. Heat is delivered by circulating warm water through specially designed flexible tubing which has been installed under a floor. Heat radiates an even heat up through the floor which warms both people and objects in the room, providing more comfort at a lower cost. A properly designed Radiant Floor Heating system will deliver comfortable warmth without causing overheating.

Components for radiant floor heating systems will vary depending the manufacturer. All radiant floor heating systems have a heat source to heat the water. Most systems use either a natural gas or a propane boiler. The water is then circulated to the floors in the building through some type of piping or tubing.

The flow of the water is controlled through a variety of mechanisms such as circulating pumps and zone valves which are directed by the thermostat to send the hot water to the zones that are cold. Other types of hat water driven devices can be used with radiant floors, as hydronic heating encompasses much more than radiant floors and include hot water baseboards, hot water radiators, hot water towel racks and fan convectors. These devices may be used for a number of reasons, including aesthetics, increased comfort, or lower cost.

A building's construction can greatly affect the performance of a heating system. For example, a home with many windows or one that is poorly insulated will require a heating system to provide a much greater output of heat to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Similarly, a home that has a large number of windows with southern exposure may require less heat in rooms that receive a great deal of passive solar heat.

Radiant floor heating systems will cost more to install then conventional heating systems, however it can both save 20 to 40 percent on heating bills and increase the resale value of the house.

Radiant heat systems deliver heat without creating drafts caused from furnace fans or blowers which can circulate dust and other allergens throughout a house. This method of heating can therefore be beneficial to allergy suffers.

The typical areas of a house where radiant heat is located includes the main living areas such as living rooms, kitchen, bathrooms, dining room, and family rooms. Radiant floor heating can be installed on the upper floors of any building, however, this will add weight to the upper floors, this may require amendments to the existing structure and may require need to be compensated for in construction.

Finally, a properly designed and installed radiant floor heating system can last the life of the house or structure.

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