As winter’s chill begins to settle in, most people begin pulling out coats, boots, and blankets in a quest to combat the cold. When we were kids, we would partake in some of the silliest superstitions – like wearing our pajamas inside out or sleeping with a spoon underneath our pillow – to summon a snow day. Now, we stockpile fuzzy socks and slippers, and find the least draftiest corner of the house to relax in in order to enjoy winter from the other side of a window pane.

But what if staying warm meant more than fuzzy blankets and strategically placed space heaters? Introducing: radiant floor heating. A revolutionary heating solution that allows you to say goodbye to chilly drafts and uneven temperatures, and hello to a new era of comfort and coziness.

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What Is Radiant Floor Heating & How Does It Work?

Have you ever stood in front of a window on a hot, sunny day? Your skin feels warm, but the sun didn’t have to heat the outside air to make it feel that way. Radiant floor heating works in a similar way. Instead of relying on your current heating system to heat the air within the room, this innovative heating system warms the surfaces in your home directly – creating a comfortable and consistent warmth from the ground up.

There are two types of radiant floor heating systems:

1. Electric: Electric radiant heating systems involve the use of electric cables, usually pre-attached to mats for easy installation, and are installed directly beneath the floor surface. This option is best known for being able to quickly heat areas as needed and precisely adjust temperatures in different areas (like bathrooms, for example) where the common complaint is stepping out of a hot shower onto cold flooring. 

2. Hydronic: Hydronic radiant floor heating, on the other hand, relies on warm water to provide heat. A network of pipes or tubing is installed beneath the floor, and a boiler warms the water. As the heated water circulates through the pipes, the warm floor radiates a nice, consistent heat into your living space.

original infographic describing radiant floor heating

Is Radiant Floor Heating Efficient?

Yes, it is extremely efficient. Especially compared to forced-air systems where heat is distributed through the ductwork. While forced-air systems tend to lose some of the warm air as it travels, radiant floor heating eliminates the need for ducts. Plus, the zoning capabilities of radiant flooring allow homeowners to control different temperatures in different zones – that way you don’t waste energy heating places that aren’t commonly occupied. 

But radiant floor heating isn’t just efficient. In fact, it has many benefits including: 

  • Consistent Comfort: The even and consistent warmth that radiant floor heating provides eliminates cold spots, so you can enjoy a comfortable environment throughout your entire household.
  • Improved Indoor Air Quality: Because you aren’t using forced air to heat your home, dust, allergens, and other pollutants in the air won’t be blown around. This makes it a great choice for those that are sensitive to airborne particles and allergens. 
  • Quiet Operation: Is your furnace loud and obnoxious? If so, enjoy the silent operation of radiant floor heating. 
  • Design Flexibility: With the absence of ducts and vents, you are free to place furniture anywhere you please. Radiant heating is also compatible with various flooring materials, so the sky’s the limit if you’re building the home of your dreams. 
  • Energy Cost Savings: It’s true – the initial cost of installing radiant floor heating can be higher than traditional forced-air heating systems. But keep in mind, the long term energy cost savings from having efficient heating in your home may be worth it in the long run. 
  • Durability and Low Maintenance: You’ll be happy to know that radiant floor heating is actually very durable. And because it has fewer components that are prone to wear and tear, these systems can provide efficient heating for a long period of time. The only maintenance we suggest are yearly inspections, regularly checking the pressure on hydronic systems, and calling 1 Stop Heating & Cooling if you experience any clangs, bangs, hissing, or other similar noises. We would be happy to come take a look.

Is Radiant Floor Heating Right for You?

If you’re interested in talking to a professional about whether or not radiant floor heating is a good option for you, give 1 Stop Heating & Cooling a call today at 724-664-1976 or reach out to us online. One of our HVAC specialists will be happy to provide valuable insight into the specific needs of your living space, discuss the installation process, and offer guidance on the most suitable type of radiant heating system based on your specific needs.

There’s no need to worry about winter’s cold embrace – make your home a cozy haven all year round with radiant floor heating!