Underfloor heating or radiant heating which is a type of central heating and cooling is growing in popularity because it is more energy efficient. Radiant floor heating is the ideal alternative to the traditional forced air heating that makes use of heated coils that are installed under the floor to provide warmth.
The installation of radiant heating on your floor is more expensive than the installation of air vents. At present, the price of radiant floor heating ranges from $5 to $12 per square foot. Installation costs vary according to the type of radiant heating chosen. However, even if the homeowner has to make a bigger investment, radiant floor heating is 30% more energy efficient meaning it can reduce the heating bills by a third.
Why is radiant floor heating more energy efficient?
- Heat radiates from the ground instead of travelling through ducts installed along the ceiling where most of the heat is lost.
- Radiant floor heating can interface with solar panels. Solar energy can be used directly to heat water at 100oF to 120oF to enjoy a considerable reduction in energy bills when the sun is shining.
Different types of radiant floor heating
- Electric radiant floor heating – comes in mats of electric cables that can be installed below the floor. Hardware stores and online vendors sell the mat for $5 to $11 per square foot. Since electricity is pretty expensive, this type of radiant floor heating is best installed in bathrooms instead of whole-house heating.
- Hydronic radiant floor heating – is the option for whole-house heating because it uses tubes of water heated through the boiler or water heater below the floor. Kits can cost between $6 and $12 per square foot; however, you need to have a boiler or water heater installed including thermostats that are compatible with
If you require installation of you radiant floor heating, call Paul form APH Heating. The friendly heating engineer is qualified for to install underfloor heating, boilers, water heaters, solar, biomass and heat pumps because of the regular training courses received to stay updated with the latest heating technologies.