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Can Radiant Floor Heating Heat an Entire House?

Can Radiant Floor Heating Heat an Entire House?

Ah, radiant floor heating. We all love the pleasant surprise of a warm floor beneath our chilly toes. If you have ever experienced radiant floor heating, you have probably wondered at some point or another if an entire home can be heated by this luxurious system. Today we are going to answer your question as well as talk about some of the benefits of radiant floor heating in general. Learn more.

What Is Radiant Floor Heating?

Radiant floor heating is an in-floor heating system, typically installed above or below the subfloor, sometimes within concrete. Two of the most popular radiant floor heating systems use either hot water heating tubes or electric wires.

What Are the Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating?

Radiant floor heating has a lot of benefits for the homeowners who choose this system.

  • Very efficient. Homeowners who use radiant floor heating save an average of 15% on their heating bill!
  • Heats consistently. We all learned in science class that heat rises. Radiant floor heating works with the natural rising of heat in the home, starting with the floor, and filling the room. Because radiant floor heating covers the entire floor, there are no cold spots in the room. Radiant floor heating heats the objects throughout the room too, so that everything feels warm to the touch and cozy!
  • Reduces allergies. Traditional forced-air heating systems collect dust and blow it throughout the house. Radiant floor heating, on the other hand, does not circulate the air.
  • Practically invisible. With radiant floor heating, you do not have pesky radiators throughout the house messing with your home decor!

Can Radiant Floor Heating Heat an Entire House?

Absolutely. Radiant floor heating is a highly attractive option for homeowners who value home design and heating efficiency. There are a few factors to consider when you are wondering if radiant floor heating is right for you.

For starters, radiant floor heating works best in a home that is properly insulated and air-tight. In general, the heat loss of your home should be only slightly higher than the heat capacity of your home. WarmlyYours has a great, online heat loss calculator tool for your use in this area.

Second, you will want to be sure your flooring is compatible with radiant floor heating. Carpet generally does not work well with radiant floor heating because it insulates the house from the heating source! In addition, different flooring has different maximum temperature limits. Be sure to read-up on your flooring and its specifications. Finally, consider insulating between your in-floor heating and a concrete floor or crawl space as these two home features tend to detract from radiant floor heating.

Would you like to reap the benefits of radiant floor heating in your home? We install radiant floor heating at Moore and we would be happy to talk with you. You can learn more on our Boilers page or give us a call!