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Hydronic Floor Heating

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 drafts.

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.