Stepping onto heated floors during the winter season is luxurious comfort. Heated
floors, also known as radiant floor heating, is becoming a popular feature in smart homes.
HOW DO HEATED FLOORS WORK?
The concept of heated floors began as early as ancient Roman times with the hypocaust system. This heating process has evolved considerably from the ancient furnaces distributing hot air underneath structures to today’s more efficient electric and hydronic systems. Heat is supplied by either electric wires or hot-water tubes installed underneath a home’s flooring. The rising thermal radiation from this setup warms up the floors to a comfortable temperature.
Radiant heated floors can be placed in the entire home or in some designated chilly zones. Easy to control, you can choose to distribute the optimal heat in cold spots such as bathrooms, kitchens, mudrooms, basements, and garages.
THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS OF HEATED FLOORS
The comfort of having warm soles is just one of the simple joys that radiant floor heating provides. This special flooring also provides the following therapeutic benefits to you and your home.
Healthier indoor air quality
Since radiant heating is installed beneath the floors, it doesn’t use fans, ducts, and vents to create consistent heat. Instead, heat is pushed from the floor up, circulating warm air inside your home. Radiant heating eliminates dust, allergens, and other airborne pollutants, improving air quality which is beneficial to people with asthma, allergies, and respiratory health problems. In addition, radiant heating prevents odors from spreading in the house. This allows you to breathe cleaner indoor air.
Whether you have a hydronic or electric setup installed beneath your flooring, the heat from it is absorbed by the floors and transferred evenly. Heated floor sections also have their own thermostat, which is why they can easily be controlled by zone to achieve the desired temperatures. This is why the right amount of heat can be felt in areas where you need it most and at specific times of the day.
Heated floors are most useful, especially during the cold winter months. You will enjoy walking barefoot on heated floors without feeling the chills.
A traditional furnace has the tendency to make noises while doing its work. On the other hand, you won’t be disturbed by heated floors as they barely make sounds from fans, air ducts, or pumps. Radiant floor heating works quietly as you savor the warmth it brings to your home.
Forced-air heating requires a high temperature of up to 167ºF to warm a room; compare this to the comfortable temperature of 84ºF that you’ll get from radiant floor heating. Because it takes a shorter time for the heat to be distributed throughout the room, overheating is never an issue. Heated floors are energy-efficient, reducing 15% of your energy bills. With the use of Wi-Fi or a programmable thermostat, you can regulate the temperature. Decreasing the heat can further save energy and, as a result, lower your bills.
You don’t have to deal with unsightly heating elements since the entire heating mechanism is hidden underneath the floors. This setup won’t interfere with your home remodels and customizations. You’ll be able to design a home that is aesthetically pleasing, clutter-free, and devoid of machines or wires jutting from the walls.
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