radiant heating under the floor

Radiant Heating

Radiant heating is becoming more and more popular. High Country Plumbing installs and repairs radiant heating in Greeley, CO, Windsor, CO and the surrounding area.

Hydronic radiant floor heating systems supply heat via hot water tubes installed below the floor of the home. Heat radiates upward from the tubes to warm the floor, the furniture and the occupants of a room.

Radiant heating (sometimes just called floor heating) is generally more economical than conventional furnace heating. It can use gas, propane, oil, solar energy or geothermal energy (a heat pump) as a heat source. This system provides heat precisely when and where you need it. And the system lets the temperature be minutely controlled.

There are a number of reasons to consider radiant heating for your home. It's more efficient than baseboard heating, and usually more efficient than forced-air heating. Even better, there is no ductwork to harbor allergens and dirt. Hydronic systems don't use electricity, offering a cost savings on power.

Hydronic systems are most popular and cost-effective in climates like ours, where cold winters demand reliable whole-home heating. The system takes heated water from a boiler and pumps it through tubing laid in a pattern under the floor.

It's easy for us to install zoning valves, pumps and thermostats to regulate individual room temperatures. The installation cost is influenced by home size, type of installation, floor covering, and the cost of labor.

Types of Floor Installations

In a new build, tubing can be embedded in either a thick concrete foundation slab, or in a thin layer of other material installed on top of a subfloor.

Recent innovations in floor technology has added new possibilities.  Tubing can be now be run in an air space beneath the floor. But because this method involves heating an air space, the heating system needs to run at a higher temperature.

Other installation methods involve suspending the tubing under the subfloor between the joists. This may involve drilling through the floor joists to install the tubing. Following that, reflective insulation is placed under the tubes to direct the heat upward. In some cases, tubing may also be installed from above the floor, between two layers of subfloor, then secured between furring strips.  Aluminum diffusers  are often added to spread the heat across the floor more evenly.

Although floor heating is most easily done in a new build, it can be added to an existing home. In that case, it is usually installed below the floor, (provided the area beneath the floor is accessible).

Floor Coverings

Ceramic tile conducts heat well and adds thermal storage. That makes it the most common and effective floor covering for radiant floor heating. Vinyl, carpeting, or laminated wood flooring can also be used, with a little less heat transferred to the air in the room. That said, radiant in-floor heating can offer sufficient savings, convenience and comfort to offset the slightly higher cost of heating non-tile floors.

Thinking about installing radiant floor heating? Give us a call at 970-381-7379 or contact us.

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