The winters can get very cold in Winnetka, Illinois. Quality heating is essential to keep your family and holiday guests warm. In-floor radiant heating is a wonderful way to keep everyone toasty. It’s also extremely energy-efficient and an ideal choice of heat for those who may suffer from asthma or allergies. In addition, radiant flooring is luxurious to walk on. Your feet don’t have to feel cold as the floors are always cozy warm. Let’s explore several reasons in-floor radiant heating is perfect for your home and how it’ll keep your family and guests warm this holiday season.
What is In-Floor Radiant Heating?
Radiant heating systems supply heat to your home through tubes or cables placed underneath the flooring in it. There are two types of radiant heating systems that supply warmth. One uses electricity via electrical cables. The other, called hydronic, uses hot water tubes to circulate the heat. Invisible waves of thermal radiation rise from the heated tubes or cables and warm objects they encounter. Any object, like furniture, flooring or carpet, traps the waves of warm heat and radiate them throughout the home.
Heat’s natural path is to rise upward. Radiant flooring allows the heat to rise through the floor. Conventional heating systems often blast the warm air toward the ceiling, where fans need to circulate the warm air back down to where everyone is living. This may not be the most energy-efficient way to heat your home. Radiant heating uses this natural upward path to heat without having to use fans or blowers.
Where Does the Heat Source Come From?
Hydronic (liquid) systems tend are most popular way to utilize radiant heating. They’re the most cost-effective, as well. Tubing rests throughout the floor. Hot water supplied through a gas or oil fired boiler heater circulates throughout the system. Electric radiant heat uses resistance wire cables that zigzag and loop throughout the floor.
The tubes or cables can be placed in a sub-floor, clipped to the underside of the floor, or embedded in concrete slabs. Once a professional installs the tubes, they can lay any type of flooring — tile, vinyl, wood or concrete. Keep in mind that very thick carpeting may not allow as much warm air to radiate into the room. Since your floors are already warm from the radiant heat, you won’t need thick carpeting to keep your feet comfortable.
Control the Temperature of Each Room
Radiant flooring takes up different zones throughout your home. Each space has its own set of radiant heating tubing or cables, allowing each room to have its own temperature. This is especially helpful when you have guests staying in rooms that are otherwise empty.
You can lower the temperature in spare rooms that you don’t use to save energy and money. As soon as your holiday guests arrive, they’ll be able to control the temperature according to their likes and needs. When guests leave, you can set the temperature back to the original setting.
Your Indoor Air Quality Will Improve
If any of your family members or holiday guests suffer from respiratory issues, such as asthma or allergies, they’ll be much more comfortable in a home heated with radiant heating. There’s no forced air being blown into the house through ductwork that often collects dirt and other contaminants. When the heater turns on to heat your home, any of those trapped particulates are forcibly blown into the house.
These contaminants can often trigger asthma or allergy attacks or aggravate anyone who suffers from respiratory illnesses. In-floor radiant heating is a clean, quiet and an energy-efficient way to keep your family and guests warm and healthy over the holiday season.
Do you want to learn more about in-floor radiant heating? Give Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today at 847-272-5836 to speak with us about installing in-floor radiant heating in your home.
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