With the temperatures dropping, homeowners  in the White Bear Lake, St. Paul and Minneapolis area will be looking for heating options to create a comfortable environment for themselves and their loved ones. You may have looked for efficient heating systems and reversing heating fans to push the warm air throughout the home. Now, you are considering radiant floor heating to keep your feet toasty and warm. There are many things to consider about radiant floor heat, and several aspects that you may have never known about it. Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake is here to help you understand the various facts and benefits about this warm flooring option.


1: There are Three Types of Radiant Floor Heating Options

The most popular systems we have seen in remodeling shows on television and on DIY videos on the Internet are hydronic radiant floors. Hydronic radiant floors (pictured above) uses heated water pumped through a series of pipes connected to a mat as the heat rises from the water and up through the flooring. The reason this radiant flooring is so popular is because it is cost-effective as the water is recycled back into the boiler to be heated again.

The other two types you may see less in homes are electronic and air-heated systems. Air-heated systems rely on a conventional furnace, solar air unit or the combination of the two to create heated forced air between the floors of your home. Electronic radiant floor heating uses electrical cables or electrically-conductive plastic cables to give off heat.

Both air-forced and electronic radiant floor heating options are not as effective and can lead to higher energy costs versus hydronic radiant heat systems. Yet they may be a better option based on several factors such as how and where the unit will be placed.


2: All Types of Flooring can be used with Radiant Heating Systems

Tiles and cement flooring often have radiant floor heating installed underneath to warm up the surface for cold feet. Yet, in actuality, any type of flooring can be placed over these heating systems including carpet and laminate wood. The one thing to keep in mind when placing carpeting over radiant floor heating systems is that the thicker the carpet, the less heat that will rise up into the room. So it is advisable that you install thinner carpeting so the system can still push the heat upward into your home.


3: Radiant Heating Systems can also cool the Floor

It isn’t just used during the winter months in cold climates. Radiant heat systems can also cool off the floor during the hot summer months. Air conditioning units connected to air-forced radiant systems or mini-split heat pumps connected to hydronic radiant systems can give you a full service heating and cooling system for the floor. Before purchasing a cooling system, you should again consider the type of flooring that will go over the unit.


4: The Many Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating

Besides keeping your toes warm, radiant floor heating also has other benefits for your home. These types of systems are quiet, so you will never hear the water or electricity flowing through them like forced air through a vent on an air conditioner or furnace. These system also warms the entire area of the room at an equal rate as the heat rises upward, allowing it to properly disperse through the air so there are no hot and cool zones.

Learning more about radiant floor heating can allow you to make the right choices in having such a system in your White Bear Lake, St. Paul and Minneapolis area home. Consider the costs of installation, your climate and what benefits there will be to your home before investing in this system. Then you can create the comfortable interior environment that you have always desired.


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