Forced-air systems aren’t the only game in town when it comes to heating your Monmouth County home. Radiant flooring offers a comfort-boosting alternative to traditional forms of home heating. The following elaborates on how radiant floor systems work, along with their overall advantages.
How Radiant Flooring Works
Radiant heating works under a very simple premise: hot air rises while cold air sinks. Conventional forced-air systems deliver heat above your head, resulting in uneven temperatures and cold spots. With radiant heat, the warmth rises up from the floor, closer to where you are.
There are three types of radiant floor systems, each with its own set of advantages and drawbacks:
- Air-Heated Radiant Floors – This type of heated flooring is commonly used in conjunction with solar heating systems. Since air isn’t the most efficient holder of heat, these systems lack the efficiency offered by electric and hydronic systems.
- Electric Radiant Floors – This system relies on a network of electric cables built within the flooring or electrically conductive mats built underneath the floor. They’re useful for home additions and economical in areas with affordable off-peak electricity pricing, but they’re not as cost-effective as hydronic systems.
- Hydronic Radiant Floors – Hydronic radiant floors use heated water pumped through tubing to provide reliable heat. It’s the most popular and, in many cases, the most cost-effective radiant floor system available.
Is it Right for Your Home?
Radiant flooring makes sense for a number of reasons. Not only is it more efficient than forced-air systems, it’s also better for allergy sufferers since it doesn’t blow dust or allergens around. Most radiant heating systems use less electricity than forced-air systems.
On the other hand, a radiant heating system can be expensive to install, especially if the installation involves large amounts of floor space. Fortunately, your contractor can offer solutions to help reduce your installation costs without any sacrifices in comfort.
If you want to learn more about radiant flooring, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We proudly serve Monmouth County and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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