You know that the sun warms the earth by radiating heat; well in much the same way your home can radiate heat and warm everyone in it. Radiant home heating is a system of pipes or panels installed under the floor, in the walls or ceiling which can radiate heat throughout the house.
Most suppliers recommend one of two systems: electric or hydronic, and for the most effective results, these are installed under the flooring. Electric panels or mats provide heat; alternatively hot water is piped through tubing beneath the floors.
An electric setup is best for small spaces such as a bathroom, kitchen or an extension. An electric roll is installed under the flooring and connected to the household power. Temperature can be regulated with a thermostat and timer.
The hydronic installation is best suited to the whole house. Tubing is installed under the floors and hot water from the household boiler is pumped through these tubes. It works with all water heaters: gas, fuel oil, wood and electric, as well as with solar water systems and geothermal heating. It’s well-suited to the eco home of the future. The temperature of each room can be individually controlled.
It’s important to fit flooring that enhances the system. Ceramic tiles are excellent heat conductors so they make a particularly good choice. Thick, insulated carpeting, of course, is less appropriate.
The whole house can be treated this way, it doesn’t stop with the floors. Panels can be installed in the walls and even in the ceiling for all-round ambient temperature.
There are many good reasons to use radiant heat: it’s silent and odorless, low maintenance and there are no stirred up dust particles to annoy any air-borne allergy sufferers. You have no hot surfaces to burn a child and no risk of fire.
The ambient heat provided by radiant home heating means that the overall room temperature can be kept lower. This means it’s less expensive and more ecologically sound to run, while still creating a warm, comfortable environment.
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