WHAT IS RADIANT HEAT?
Radiant heat is the transfer of energy from a warm object to a cooler one. Unlike regular home heating, radiant heating warms your floor to the touch, not the air around you. With radiant flooring, heat is greatest near the floor not the floor not up near the ceiling.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF RADIANT FLOOR HEATING?
Warm floors radiate heat throughout the room and to everything they come in contact with for even heating. Radiant heat systems are also quieter, cleaner and more efficient than forced-air heating systems.
WHICH ROOMS ARE BEST SUITED FOR RADIANT FLOOR HEATING?
Virtually any room, though many homeowners add heated floors as a luxury to bathrooms, kitchens, sunrooms and foyers or as an added heat source for family rooms, bedrooms or basements.
WHICH FLOORING TYPES CAN I USE IT IN?
There is a system for just about every flooring category: ceramic tile or natural stone, wood (hardwood and floating floors), laminate and carpet.
IS RADIANT HEAT EXPENSIVE?
Studies show that based on a 10-hour, constant-on cycle in a remodeled, average bathroom without special insulation, the cost of electric radiant heat is about 10 cents a day, a family room about 58 cents. In new, insulated construction, radiant heat used as a principal source of heat can cost 60-80 cents per square foot per year, depending on manufacturer.
WHAT EFFECT DOES IT HAVE ON MY FLOORS?
Electric radiant heat kept at proper temperatures will not crack or loosen tile or grout or degrade carpet, hardwood or laminate flooring or under-layments.
DO I NEED A SPECIALIST TO INSTALL RADIANT HEAT?
Quality radiant heating systems, especially electric, generally can be installed by the same flooring specialist who installs your tile, carpet or hardwood floors.