This “renaissance” technology is becoming the preferred heating system choice for
discriminating architects and builders. Its popularity is easy to understand. Radiant heat is the most comfortable form of heat for the human body and is 20-30% more efficient! The main consideration in radiant floor heating is proper design. There are many variables in floor coverings and construction techniques that must be addressed, but if you pay attention to details, the final product is a homeowner’s “dream-come-true”.
Uniform heat throughout the rooms
No air ducts to interfere with furniture location
No noisy fans blowing air around the house
No filters to change or ducts to be cleaned
Easy temperature zoning of individual rooms
With our software programs, we can perform heat loss calculations from your plans and customize systems for both residential and commercial buildings.
Radiant Floors are simple and versatile while providing quiet, clean, comfortable and efficient heat. You can use radiant floor systems with a boiler or water heater, complimenting your system with such products as radiators, towel warmers and domestic water heating. We would be pleased to discuss your project and evaluate all the possibilities.
Where conventional heating systems depend on warm air circulation, hydronic radiant floors radiate the heat directly from the floor. This method proves to be the most efficient because warm air will travel in the direction of least resistance, UP!
Radiant floors help reduce heating costs by:
(1) Addressing the comfort of the occupants, not the air, so thermostats can be set on the lower setting.
(2) Providing temperature zone control. You can control the amount of heat flowing to unused areas in your home.
(3) Keeping temperatures throughout the room constant. There is no turning the system on/off like a conventional system to accommodate temperature changes. This factor can reduce heat loss by 25% which equates to significant dollar savings.
Radiant heating eliminates the need for blowers and ducts which often distribute dust and allergens throughout the home. An additional benefit of radiant floor heating is complete freedom of furniture placement in a room. There is no interior space wasted due to inconveniently located air vents or return air ducts.
The radiant floor system is a collection of major components, a heat source, tubes throughout the floors and or towel warmers, baseboard heaters, radiators, switches, valves, manifolds, piping and thermostats.
The radiant floors can be installed in the following methods:
sandwich over slab, sandwich over frame floor with foil-faced fiberglass insulation, sandwich over frame-floor with foil-faced insulation board, staple-up, sandwich over frame floor with masonry fill over fiberglass insulation or foam insulation inlayed in concrete thermal mass, slab on grade, inlayed in concrete thermal mass in a metal pan, inlayed in light weight concrete thermal mass.