Radiant floor heating usually comes in two types: electric and hydronic. Most new homes don’t have this kind of heat anymore because it is more expensive to install than forced air. In the long run, however, radiant heating floors are less expensive.
Radiant Floor Heating Pros and Cons
Electric radiant floor heating systems works very similar to the way a toaster works. Electric wiring underneath the floor is heats up as electricity is pumped through it. That makes the wires hot which in turn heats the floors. The heat from the floors slowly rises and heats the room. Electric radiant floor heating is usually accomplished by placing panels with wires attached underneath the floors of a home. These panels are attached to an electrical circuit that can be turned on and off and is sometimes controlled by a thermostat.
Many times, homeowners will choose to install electric radiant floor heating in the rooms of their house which have cold floors such as the bathroom and kitchen. This type of heating is especially nice when you get up in the morning and everything is cold.
Radiant floor heating is an energy efficient and cleaner way of heating your home as compared to more conventional methods. Once you have had this type of heat in your home, everything else will feel too hot, too cold or just plain uncomfortable. More and more builders are including radiant floor heat as an alternative to furnaces. Many homeowners are converting to radiant floor heating where cold weather drives electric and fuel bills through the roof.