Discover the Comfort
Imagine enjoying the warmth and comfort of an energy-efficient system that radiates warm, even heat throughout your home.
Radiant floor heating system works by circulating warm water through a network of cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipes or electric matts placed in the floor. The surface area of the floor gently radiates heat throughout the room.
Radiant floor heating can be installed in a single room, or throughout your home, and can be used with a variety of heat sources, and floor coverings. For the ultimate in comfort and economy, room temperatures can be individually controlled using multiple thermostats. It works well with today’s open floor plans, especially in areas with high ceilings. There are no heaters, radiators or vents to work around making furniture placement a snap. Say goodbye to cold feet and drafty rooms forever; discover the comfort of radiant floor heating!
- Radiant floor heating warms everything in the room with a consistent, uniform heat. No more cold floors or drafty rooms
- It’s economical, reducing operating costs by up to 30%
- It’s quiet and clean, there are no noisy fans or dry blown air to distribute dust, allergens, or odors throughout your home
- Zone control—With room-by-room temperature control, you adjust the temperature to meet your needs for a particular room or time of day
- It’s invisible, there are no bulky appliances, registers or ventilation ducts
How it Works
Traditional heating systems simply heat just the air. This air is then blown into the room, creating drafts and temperature fluctuations. Warm air rises, so to maintain a comfortable temperature level the air must be heated to temperatures of 120°F or higher.
Radiant floor heating quietly and continuously warms the room by constantly circulating warm water through pipes located beneath the floor. The heat radiates upward and warms everything in the room, especially you. Imagine standing in direct sunlight – that’s the feeling of radiant floor heating. By warming the entire floor, it efficiently raises the temperature of everything in the room. You can actually lower your thermostat setting while enjoying the same level of comfort and reducing your heating bills by 30%.
There are two common methods used to install radiant floor heating.
“High Mass” installations are most common in new homes and consist of pouring gypsum-based concrete over PEX pipes installed in the floor space. When the system is operating, the warm water circulates through the pipes and distributes it evenly throughout the floor and to everything in the room.
A “Low Mass” installation is commonly used when a poured floor just isn’t practical. In this case, PEX pipe is placed in the joist space or underneath a suspended wood floor. Warm water circulates through the pipes and warms the floor above it. In the absence of the concrete used in the high mass installation method above, heat transfer plates may be used with the PEX pipe to help to distribute the heat evenly.
Choosing Floor Coverings
Radiant floor heating systems can function effectively with any floor covering. Because the heat is radiated upward from the floor, flooring materials can affect the system’s heating performance. Thick floor coverings, such as carpets, have more insulating properties than other floors, such as tile or wood. Radiant floor heating systems work effectively with almost any floor covering. It’s important to let your contractor know what type of floor covering you plan on installing so that you can get the maximum benefit from your radiant system.