Electric radiant floor heat is a good addition or alternative to other home heating systems. Made from electric cables or mats built into the floor or attached to the subfloor, radiant floor systems are available for every type of flooring including hardwood and carpeting. Electric radiant floors are less expensive and easier to install than other types of radiant floor heat. Electric radiant floor heat is energy-efficient and adds comfort and value to a home.
Radiant floor heat offers even heating throughout the home, eliminating hot and cold spots. Tile, laminate and concrete floors are comfortable on bare feet, and constant warmth soothes aching joints and muscles. A radiant floor system can even provide custom thermostats for individual rooms so temperatures can be adjusted for personal preference. They are a great feature for bathrooms where extra heat may be desired, and provide a solution for rooms that are consistently colder than the rest of the home. There are no vents to be blocked by furniture, rugs or drapes, making room design and arrangement less troublesome.
Electric radiant floor heat is noiseless, with no sound of a running furnace or blowing air. The lack of air movement also means that indoor air pollutants, dust and allergens are not blown through the heating system into the rest of the house. This improves air quality and reduces the amount of dust that settles in the home. Because there is no pressurized air moving through ducts, warmed air is not lost through gaps in ductwork or insulation, nor is energy expended on furnace fans moving it through the ductwork.
Since heat rises, electric radiant floor systems heat basements more efficiently than a traditional system using ducts and vents. The heat from a radiant flooring system will naturally distribute warmth throughout a basement room. Warmed air blown through ceiling vents or even radiant heat from wall or ceiling panels will linger at the ceiling, never reaching the floor. Concrete basement floors, having a large thermal mass, can be infused with radiant electric heat during off-peak hours. They will then continue to radiate heat for several hours while the system is turned off.
Electric floor heat is a good choice for home additions, garages or any application where expanding the ductwork or taxing the existing furnace is impractical. Spaces that are only used part-time will not need to be heated when not in use. Radiant floor systems make it possible to isolate heat to occupied areas of a home, like bedrooms and bathrooms, while not wasting energy heating storage areas and other unused space.
Consider adding electric radiant floor heating when replacing old flooring or building a new addition. The advantages of installing an electric radiant heat flooring system are well worth the investment.
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