The benefits and advantages of hydronic radiant heating
With a hydronic radiant heating system, the heat from the floor warms everything on its way from the floor as it travels upward. It is the same effect as when you step from the sun into shade. The air temperature is pretty much the same but you feel warmer when standing under the sun. This is the same concept with radiant floor heating. Temperature throughout the room is more or less constant all throughout from floor to the ceiling unlike forced air heating where heat enters at the top then flows to the floor.
Besides enjoying in consistent warmth from the floor to the ceiling, you will also enjoy the savings with radiant floor heating systems. Much cheaper to operate than furnaces, radiant floor heating can cut what you spend on heating by 25 to 50 percent according to the U.S. Department of Energy. New homes are the simplest to install a whole-house radiant floor heating system in, but your existing home can also be retrofitted.
Aside from the long-term cost benefits, radiant heat is silent heat, with no loud air ducts or furnaces to deal with. It’s also better for people with allergies. Eliminating air blowing around can reduce dust mites by up to 80 percent. Radiant systems work best with floors made of ceramic tile, but it can be used with most other types of flooring, including engineered hard wood floors. Carpet is thicker and doesn’t conduct heat as well as tile or hardwood flooring and so it should be avoided.
Maintenance for a hydronic system is minimal — the boilers needs an annual clean-up, Most modern pumps are water lubricated sealed units not needing any maintenance. Once up and running there is nothing much that can go wrong with it.
Hydronic radiant heating: invisible and uniform
Radiant heat PEX tubing can go amazing places like driveways, staircases, walls or pools where traditional heating methods would be a challenge. Automated controls will keep driveways a few degrees above freezing when needed to save your back from shoveling snow in the winter months.