Types of Radiant Floor Heat
At JOB Heating & Air Conditioning, Saskatoon we are eager to provide the best possible customer experience, our aim is to be a professional resource for our clients before, during and after the sale! Our team takes pride in our service knowledge in regards to modern industry equipment and training. We are recognized by peers and offer sales, service, training & installations for residential, and commercial Heating, Cooling and Plumbing systems in Saskatoon and the area. In our latest article, we discuss the different types of radiant floor heat.
In our last article, we talked about the maintenance of in-floor heat, and maybe that was the first time you had thought about radiant floor heat and the possibilities it offers your home. Let’s review the different
Types of Radiant Floor Heat
There are two types of radiant floor heating systems: Electronic & Hydronic System
Electric Radiant Heat
Electric Radiant Heat uses electric heating wires or heat mats to heat the floor. Installation is quick and energy efficient. Cost effectiveness to run the system depends on the cost of electricity for your area. Electric radiant heat can be retrofitted into an existing home providing you can access your floor joists. Regular maintenance isn’t required, but it should be done.
Electric Radiant Heat uses zigzagging loops of resistance wire, which is generally retrofitted to a single room. When trying to decide which room to add electric radiant heat to, the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room are usually at the top of the list. The floors in these rooms are generally tile, hardwood, laminate or vinyl and this is where radiant heat feels the best on the feet.
Hydronic Radiant Floor Heat
Hydronic systems use heating pipes under the floor that are heated by a boiler system which carries hot water. Long-term this system is less expensive than using electricity to heat the floor; however installation of the floor is a bit more expensive. The hydronic system works better in new builds when you are going to be heating the whole home, than in existing building. This type of radiant heat does need require regular maintenance.
When setting up the radiant floor heat, you want to think in terms of heating zones. This makes it easier to control the amount of heat going to different rooms.
Whether you use electric or hydronic radiant floor heat both are more energy efficient that forced air heat and you won’t have cold floors or air pockets of cold air around your house.
When you are ready to review the different types of radiant floor heat for your home, contact JOB Heating and Air Conditioning.
JOB Heating & Air Conditioning is a Trusted Saskatoon plumbing company. We show up on time, deliver on budget and we leave the work area cleaner than when we arrived! At JOB we take pride in our plumbing services in this city and surrounding area, so nothing means more to us than testimonials from our clients as their preferred plumber in Saskatoon.
JOB products and services:
‘Your Comfort is Our Concern!’