What Is Radiant Floor Heating?


Radiant floor heating systems are commonly installed when a building is constructed. However, it is possible for them to be installed afterwards, and radiant floor heating systems can be installed outside in places such as a driveway, sidewalk or a patio.

There are two main types of radiant heating which are electric radiant and hydronic radiant. Either type can be installed in floors, walls or ceilings.

Whichever type is used, whether electric or hydronic is designed to heat the floor and as the heat rises the room becomes heated or the area where the radiant heating system has been installed.

The easiest radiant floor heating system to install is the electric system. Anyone who knows about working with electricity can do the required testing and analyzing in order to install the system.

Electrical radiant floor heating systems are designed in rolls that are laid down and adjusted to the size of the area to be heated. Then a layer of cement is spread over the electric roll. After the cement has been applied, the flooring can be installed. The floor can be tile, vinyl, carpet or whatever type of flooring is desired. After the floor has been installed, it is only a matter of connecting the heating roll to the electrical circuit of the room.

The installation of a hydronic radiant floor heating system can be installed in one of three ways. Slab-on-grade, a thin slab or a plate system. Some areas may require this type of radiant floor heating to be installed by someone who is licensed to do this type of work.

Advantages of having radiant floor heating are that there is no need for heating ducts to be installed, no noise or uneven heat. Also there is not the problem of dust or allergen being stirred up.