While summer is around the corner and we won’t be needing our heaters for a little while longer, Best Plumbing wants every homeowner to be prepared for the cold months before they arrive. There are many types of heating systems that you can invest in, but today we’d like to teach you more about radiant heating and how it works.
What is it?
Radiant floor heating is a method of heating your home that uses electric coils or water-heated pipes beneath floor boards to provide warmth throughout a room rather than from a heating unit. This allows heat to be distributed and radiate from the floor up.
Where can I install it?
This type of heating works for any room in your home. It is a popular choice for bathrooms where floors are typically tile and colder underfoot. However, it is also a good choice for bedrooms and living rooms.
What are the benefits?
Beyond the added comfort as you walk around your home, radiant heating can also be a more efficient heater than traditional forced-air systems. Efficiency is better for the carbon footprint of your home as well as the utility costs you accrue each month. If you are looking to save money and install an eco-friendly heater in your home, ask us more about radiant heating.
Are there any downsides?
Depending on the style of your floors and size of room, radiant heating can be expensive to install and operate. However, we can recommend complementary floor styles that work well with radiant heat.
What is the difference between Hydronic and Electric systems?
The two main types of radiant heating systems are Hydronic and Electric which rely on water-heated tubes or electrical coils, respectively, beneath a subfloor. Hydronic systems can link to the water heater you use for the rest of your home and you do not need another tank to supply the home’s heat. Electric radiant heat is easier to install, but is better for smaller spaces.
How do I get started?
Contact the team at Best Plumbing today to learn more about radiant heating for your home! We proudly serve greater Seattle, Everett, and the East Side.