Benefits For Your Home
There are two main types of heating used in houses, gas and electric, with both of those forced
air heating is the most common, but hydronic floor heating is a great alternative to the forced
air heating, for several reasons.
Forced air heating heats from the top of the room to the bottom. This can result in heat being
used less effectively than when hydronic heating techniques are used. The main benefit to using hydronic floor
heating is that the heat rises, heating the room from the floor to ceiling, which results in more heat with
less energy being used, because heat naturally rises.
The earliest recorded use of the hydronic heating is from Roman times but it has changed in form
since that time, with the modern methods proving far more efficient.
Some of the floor heating systems in use
today employ tubes embedded in the concrete-gypsum subfloor, with tile laid over that; still others use grooves in
the flooring to achieve the same effect. This heating system averages from twenty to forty percent more
effectiveness then other forced air systems, saving energy and money for other needs.
Household dust and allergens cause health problems, many of these are stirred up by a forced air
system but a hydronic floor heating system will not increase these health
problems. Studies have shown that dust mites are reduced by from fifty to seventy percent, which
also makes your home a healthier place to live and play in, and with hydronic heating, there is little need for
changing furnace filters as occurs with forced air systems.
The type of hydronic heating from the floor is compatible with different types and makes
of systems to heat the water that flows through the pipes embedded in the floor: gas, electric, solar
collector, heat pumps and geothermal energy are just a few of the choices to think about incorporating into the
heating system when you build or remodel your home.
The choice of hydronic radiant floor heating systems using water and chemical filled pipes
in the subflooring to heat the house is a good one because it tends to avoid the chance of cold spots and
In some ways, the hydronic underfloor heating is similar to a sprinkler system
installed in the yard; it is hidden from view, covers a wide area as well as being controlled by different
zones, which allows the heat to gently rise from the floor, warming the whole room easily.
This type of project works best when the home is built, however that is not always an option.
Remodeling works with this heating system but it can be more involved for the do it yourselfer, so a more
experienced handyman or contractor could handle the job for you.
Hydronic floor heating can be a great system to use inside your home and may be eligible for tax
credits or other energy incentives. Do your research and consider installing a system soon.