One of the biggest remodeling trends is Heated Floors, especially in bathrooms. Heated floors give any room a spa-like comfort. There are two main types of radiant-heated floors. The first is electric, which provides heat through electrically heated coils. The second is hydronic, which provides heat through water-filled tubes. The tubes can be heated using solar power, oil, gas or kerosene.
Below is some information about some of the floor heating methods that can be used.
Electric Heated Floors
Electric radiant heat works very similar to the way a toaster does. Electric wiring underneath the floor heats up as electricity runs through it. That makes the wires hot which in turn heats the floors. The heat from the floors slowly rises and heats the room. This kind of heat is evenly distributed throughout the room and is silent.
Electric radiant floor heat is usually accomplished by placing panels with wires attached underneath the floors of a home. These panels are attached to an electrical circuit that can be turned on and off and is sometimes controlled by a thermostat. Many times, homeowners will choose to install electric radiant heat in the rooms of their house which have cold floors such as the bathroom and kitchen.
Hydronic Heated Floors
The second kind of radiant heat is hydronic heat which involves heating water. Heated water goes back and forth in strong tubing that is placed underneath the floor. This type of system is more likely to be installed in new homes because it is more complicated to install and more expensive. Hydronic heated floors stay warmer longer than electric ones because water keeps heat longer than electricity. Another advantage is that you can heat the water in a variety of ways such as gas, electricity, solar, or a wood boiler.
No matter which of the two types of heat you choose, radiant floor heat will make you home warm and comfortable. It may be more expensive up front to install this type of heat but it will save you money in the long run.
You will also find that the silent, evenly distributed heat does not carry allergens - this is because unlike conventional heating systems which use air, heated flooring warms the room by radiationing heat, not pushing it. Radiant-heated floors also take up no extra space. Because this system is installed underneath the floors, it is completely out of sight except for the thermostat.
Things To Keep In Mind
Once you have decided to install heated floors, you will need to plan other improvements to your home as well. Your old floor will need to be torn out, the heated system installed and new floors put in place. Also, you may need new wiring from the main electric circuit panel in order to adequately power your electric heating system.
Lavitech Professional Contractors can help choose the right heated flooring system for you and since we are an all inclusive construction company, we can handle every aspect of the project - wiriing, heating, plumbing, flooring, tile and anything else that may arise. Call us today to schedule a free in home estimate.