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Radiant Floor Heating For Homeowners

Updated on March 16, 2010

Raidant Floor Heat

Radiant Floor Heat Saves Energy and Money for Homeowners

Homeowners everywhere have begun researching different ways to regulate their home’s temperature that can reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and cool their home. With concerns about the health of the environment rising, some are also looking for a “green” way to improve their home heating and cooling system. Home builders have started to suggest radiant floor heat as an option which satisfies both the cost-efficiency and environmentally friendly standards of home owners.

Radiant floor heat is installed in new buildings during construction. Trained and certified workers lay down a complex series of cross-linked polyethylene tubing that runs throughout the main floor of the home. Thanks to modern advancements, radiant floor heat can also be installed in existing homes under a number of floor coverings. Even though the tubes are laid on top of the existing foundation, homeowners will be pleased to know that when installed in an existing home, radiant floor heat adds only one half inch to the floor height.

Once the tubes have been installed, they typically use water to transfer heat into the home. These hydronic radiant floors tend to be the most cost-effective since they easily pump hot water from the home’s boiler through the system of tubes. The amount of water flowing through different tube loops determines the temperature in each room of the house. While ceramic is most commonly applied to cover a radiant heat floor, vinyl, carpeting, linoleum and wood can also be used.

Radiant Floor Heating Saves Energy


Radiant floor heat is an extremely efficient heating system which eliminates the need for duct work and vents, which typically lose a significant amount of energy when transferring heat. Because these large duct systems are not necessary, families have more freedom in how they want to utilize space when designing a new home for construction. In new and existing homes, radiant heat can reduce the circulation of allergens and dust, which is helpful for the health of sensitive residents.

While some options may be costly, radiant floor heat is an option that many homeowners can afford. Additionally, these floors have proven to reduce energy costs for a home by up to 40%. The savings radiant floor heat can provide for your family quickly helps to pay for the installation itself. Home with radiant floor heat also have a higher value, providing a better resale price should you decide to move.

Because of its excellent efficiency, radiant floor heat is now being used in outdoor applications. Whether to increase comfort, melt away snow or for maintenance purposes, radiant floor heat is now being added to exterior building entrances, driveways, sidewalks and athletic fields. This innovative technology has not only changed the way in which we heat our homes, but it has the potential to greatly reduce the cost of heating for homeowners nationwide.

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