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Ever wonder how in floor heating works? Knowing how it works will help you make an informed decision? Here's some information to make that decision easier.

How Does In Floor Heating Work?

In a radiant floor heating system, warm water flows through tubes located underneath the floors. That warmth radiates up from the floors and warms everything it comes in contact with including people.

And radiant is compatible under any type of floor covering carpet, wood, slate, tile, linoleum, and even concrete making design possibilities endless.

The water in a radiant system has a capacity to transport energy 3,500 times greater than air, so it can heat (and even cool) using less energy than a forced-air system. This amounts to greater comfort at a lower thermostat setting, which provides lower energy bills. In fact, more people are comfortable with radiant floor heating at a lower thermostat setting than with forced-air heating at a higher thermostat setting.

Additionally, a radiant heating system works in zones, allowing different areas of a home to heat at different temperatures. This allows typically chilly rooms, such as bathrooms, basements and entryways, to receive more heat when needed. At the same time, rooms with less traffic, such as a den or formal dining room, can be set to a lower thermostat setting, making the system even more energy-efficient.

Forced-air Heat vs. Radiant Heat

Radiant keeps heat near the floor where people are located.

Snow & Ice Melting

The concept of radiant floor heating can also make driveways and walkways clean and dry during the winter, eliminating the need for salting, sanding or shoveling. Snow and ice melt systems help lower maintenance costs, reduce dangerous accidents associated with slippery walkways, extend the life of concrete and asphalt, and eliminate disturbing noise from snow blowers as well as the problem of tracking salt and sand into your home.

Want more information? Please give us a call today at 416.422.HOME and ask to schedule your free in-home assessment. Or simply fill out our Request Service with your details. We'll be happy to help with all your questions.