Who hasn’t stepped onto a wood or tile floor in bare feet, only to hop off as quickly as possible because it is freezing cold? Do you wear socks all the time even if your thermostat says the house is warm? Do you have allergies that just seem to get worse when the furnace is running? You might find that radiant heating solves all of these problems quite effectively.
Radiant heat is simply the heat you feel radiating off another object. If you sit close to someone and feel their body heat, even when you were not touching, you have experienced radiant heat. It is possible to have that same continuous warmth in your home.
Efficiency and Economy
Radiant heat is more efficient than baseboard heat, and can even be more efficient than warm air heat. It warms living spaces consistently, with no loss of heat from ventilation ducts. Radiant heat can be installed in your entire home or just in the locations you are renovating. The process involves the installation of specialized radiant heat tubing that is securely embedded beneath your new floors and warm water is circulated… and recirculated throughout the system to maximize efficiency and comfort. And a more efficient system comes with the long-term benefit of lower energy bills.
Radiant heat feels great. That way-too-familiar sensation where your body feels warm and your feet are freezing? Gone. Radiant heat warms evenly from the ground up. Instead of cringing from cold tile or wood, you are walking on constant warmth. Things you leave on the floor are warmed as well. Shoes are warm when you put them on. Bathroom floors dry quickly. That jacket you dropped on the floor last night, too tired to put away – toasty warm this morning.
Health and Cleanliness
Unlike warm air heat, radiant heat does not blow around dust and allergens in a steady draft. There are no ducts and vents to collect dirt all year round and then require maintenance. It heats evenly and safely when installed by a skilled contractor.
Underfloor heating is the most commonly installed type of radiant heat in a home, as it is highly efficient in most residential situations. And radiant heat can be installed in select areas (like bathrooms) in order to be more cost effective. There are a number of radiant heating options available; talk to your contractor or contact the team at Fein Construction to learn more.