Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating is a popular method of keeping a warm room without relying upon radiators and central heating system. Unlike the traditional boiler and radiator system which warms most homes, the radiant floor heating system instead uses a series of hot water and pipes to carry heat through the flooring, warming feet rather than the back of the sofa. As people have become disenchanted with the idea of radiators, so other forms of room heating, such as radiant floor heating, have become more popular.

How Radiant Floor Heating Works

The idea behind radiant floor heating is that the radiator only warms up a small area near to the radiator, known as convection heating. This warm air is then carried upwards and outwards through the natural transfer of warm air upwards, but the heat is dissipated by this movement, as it is lost through energy. Therefore, more heat has to be used to make a room feel warm than is used though radiant heating, where the energy is transferred directly into the room, and is not powered by the heat transfer.

In radiant floor heating, a layer of piping is laid under the concrete of the floor, and warm air is pumped through these pipes. The concrete is warmed by convection, and then heat radiates upwards from this, rather than having to travel through the radiator, meaning that there is a constant supply of warm air moving at body level.

Advantages Of Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating is often considered to be quieter and quicker than other methods of heating. As the heat moves evenly throughout the room from a low surface, there is better regulation of temperature. It is also ideal for locations such as the bathroom or the bedrooms.

In addition, radiant floor heating is often considered to be more environmentally friendly than convection heating, as it is considered to require less energy, as less heat is needed to warm up a room. Also, radiant floor heating can be used in combination with solar powered water heaters and systems, although solar power is not at its most efficient when heating is necessary.

Disadvantages of Radiant Floor Heating

One of the biggest disadvantages to radiant floor heating is that it is very expensive, much more so than ordinary convection heaters, for example. It can also be very difficult to lay, requiring that large amounts of flooring be removed in order to place the pipes down, and this can be very inconvenient for the homeowner. The floors require a lot of insulation to prevent the heat from being sent in the wrong direction, and this can also add to the expense and inconvenience for those living in the house.

Radiant floor heating uses less heat than ordinary radiators, and it can sometimes feel as though there was not heat in the room. The flooring which you lay over the radiant heat system can block some of the hot air from rising, and this can mean that the full benefits of the flooring is not realized.

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