When it comes to residential heating, you want a system that you can rely on and that will be sufficient for your home. One of the options that's been growing in popularity is the radiant floor heating design. Before you settle on your home's heating system upgrade, here's what you should know about radiant floor heating to decide if it's the right choice for you.
Can You Install A New Floor?
Deciding if a radiant floor heating system is right for you starts with deciding if you are prepared for and equipped to install a whole new floor. Since radiant floor heat is installed underneath the floor, installing a new radiant floor heating system means installing a new floor as well. Make sure you are prepared for this if you decide to opt for this type of heat.
Is There Room For Your Floor Height To Increase?
There are two different styles of radiant floor heating. One style uses electric heat cable while the other uses water tubing. You'll also have to install an underlayment or a membrane. Depending on what setup you choose, you'll add anywhere from an eighth of an inch to nearly half of an inch in height to your floor. Make sure that your baseboards and thresholds can accommodate that added height.
Are There Allergy Sufferers In Your Home?
You should always consider your home heating system's contribution to the air quality in your house. For example, if you have anyone in your home that suffers from allergies of any kind, a traditional forced-air heating system is a bad idea. Forced-air systems will blow dust, animal dander, and other allergens around your home, and they can also spread mold spores if there are any present in the ductwork or near the air intake.
Radiant heat is a great alternative. With heat simply radiating up from the floors, there's no forced air coming through the vents. You don't need to worry about any contaminants blowing around your home.
Is Your Current Furnace Noisy?
Most fuel-burning furnaces are pretty noisy when they run. You'll hear the furnace turn on, and you even hear the fan for as long as it's pushing air through the house. This can be a distraction or a disruption depending on how loud it is.
Opting for a radiant floor heating system eliminates this issue entirely. You won't have to worry about the persistent background noise of the furnace running in the background.
Talk with your local residential heating contractor today about your heating system options and the benefits of installing a radiant floor heating system.
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