Floor radiant heating uses heated water or metal mesh to provide heat throughout the entirety of your floor, and can be used to either heat up an entire home or a single room, depending on the system. However, this alternative heating option provides a number of unique benefits and drawbacks. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of floor radiant heating can help you decide whether or not it's the right fit for your home.
The Advantages of Floor Radiant Heating
Lifespan: According to radianttec.com, radiant heating can last upwards of thirty years, which is significantly longer than most central heating units last. Of course, the actual lifespan on the unit will depend on how often it's used, but nevertheless the longer lifespan can save you money in the long run, as you won't have to replace your heating system as often as you would with a furnace.
Efficiency: Floor radiant heating units are highly efficient and retain heat extremely well, since the heat sits at the bottom of the room. This leads to less overall energy usage, as the radiant heating system doesn't need to work as hard to heat up the room, saving you money in the long run.
Allergies: In forced air heating systems, which blow hot air through ducts in your home, allergens can quickly spread throughout your house. Floor radiant heating systems don't make use of ducts, and as such will not cause your allergies to flare up.
Noise: Unlike most furnaces and boilers, floor radiant heating units do not make any noise when in operation, which is highly convenient. This means that you won't be woken up late at night by the banging of your central heating unit kicking in.
The Disadvantages of Floor Radiant Heating
Speed: It can take a while for floor radiant heating units to heat up a room, depending on the type of system installed and the type of floor that it is installed under. However, since the heat retention for these systems is so good, once the room is warm, it will stay that way for several hours regardless of if the system is on or not.
Price: Floor radiant heating units are quite expensive to have installed initially, as the floor has to be ripped up. However, this high initial price is reduced by the long lifespan of floor radiant heating units, as well as their high energy efficiency, which can help cut down long term costs. For more information on heating systems, contact a company like Biggerstaff Plumbing Heating & Air.