The Basics of Hydronic In-Floor Heating Systems

The most common type of domestic heating system is definitely the forced air system. This is the system in which air is taken in through a vent, warmed up by a heater, then blown throughout your house. This can be through the process of individual units or a central heating system. Whatever the case may be, this system is unfortunately not very efficient since air is not a great conductor of heat. That’s why the temperature drops so quickly when the system stops blowing warm air; the air cannot hold the heat. Many people are switching to hydronic in-floor heating systems nowadays.

How They Work

The hydronic system is named that since it uses heated water. Pipes are first installed in the floor of your home. Water is heated through various means and then piped through the in-floor pipes, which will radiate heat and heat up the floor. The floor will then radiate heat throughout your house. Since heat rises, heating the floor will in turn heat up the entire house. Furthermore, your flooring material will be much more absorbent than air itself. Having such materials means the floor will stay warm for longer, making in-floor heating systems much more efficient than forced air systems.

You can visit to see exactly what options are available. There are many different options on the table to choose from.

The Economics

A radiant system can cost you two to three times as much to install, but they are at least 40% more efficient than forced air systems. When you put it that way, the economics are simple. You should compare how much you are spending on the installation to how much money you will save. If it makes sense for you, you should make the switch.

Radiant systems can also save you money since they can use multiple heat sources. You should ask a professional about how much you can save if you choose this option.

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