In the world of home improvement, many of our clients are looking for ways be more “green” and are choosing to remodel their homes in a way that is both cost and energy efficient. In-floor heating is an easy way to improve your homes heating system and go green at the same time. The most proficient in-floor heating systems are “radiant heating” systems. They are especially fantastic in kitchens and bathrooms where tile floors can get extremely cold in the winter.
Here are just a few reasons why radiant heating systems are good for you, your home, and the Earth:
- Radiant heating is more energy efficient than both baseboard and forced air heating systems
- Eliminating air ducts significantly reduces the number of allergens in your home
- Great benefits for homes off the power grid or in places with high electricity rates
- Humidification is unnecessary because radiant heat does not alter residential air moisture
- Radiating heat feels more natural and comforting to the body
- Warm floors create a more comfortable surface for walking around the bathroom and kitchen.
Many of our clients complain of suffering from seasonal allergies. Radiant floor heating is a better alternative for people who suffer from allergies or asthma. Most homes are equipped with forced air heating systems with a series of ducts and vents going throughout the house. With forced air heating, the movement of the air stirs up dust and pollen, and can cause allergic reactions in susceptible people. They require frequent cleaning and an air purification system to prevent the dirt and dust from building up and causing allergies or asthma attacks. In-floor heating reduces this problem because air is no longer being pushed throughout the house in order to heat it. In addition to being a healthier alternative, in-floor heating creates a cozy, comforting environment for the family.
Hydronic or liquid systems are the most accepted and cost-effective radiant heating systems for all climates. Simply put, liquid radiant floor systems propel heated water from a boiler through tubing laid in a pattern under the floor. Also, these systems can use a wide array of energy sources to heat the liquid, including existing water heaters, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination of these methods. Radiant floor systems also have the benefit of operating silently, unlike forced air heating, which can be noisy when in use. Stone, concrete and ceramic flooring are the best conductors of heat, and therefore are the best options to use with a radiant floor heating system. Although other floor coverings can be used, they don’t carry heat as well and are somewhat counterproductive. At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions we create custom home remodeling plans that are unique to each clients needs. We can tour your home, meet with you, and suggest the best place to install in-floor heating in your home. Improve the air quality in your home, reduce your energy cost, and add comfort to your home by giving us a call and seeing how in-floor heating can work for you.