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Radiant Floor Heating: Is it the Right Choice for You?

Radiant floor heatingradiant floor heating is a method of transferring heat from underfloor heating coils, wall panels or overhead panels to warm people and other objects in the vicinity. Radiant heat installation and lead to more money in your wallet and less waste off energy for the environment. It is a green technology that requires less energy to heat an area than convective energy does. Your thermostat can usually be set from 6 degrees to 8 degrees lower than it would be with forced air heating. A heating contractor in Portland OR can help you decide if radiant energy is the right choice for you.

Advantages of Radiant Heating

Radiant floor heating is clean heating that doesn’t require oil or gas. It is:

  • Comfortable – Bare floors are no longer cold in the winter with radiant flooring.
  • Efficient – Requires a lower thermostat setting for the same degree of comfort
  • Moderate Humidity – Maintains healthier humidity levels than forced air or electric heat

Types of Radiant Floor Heating

There are three types of radiant floor heating systems:

  1. Radiant air floors, which supply heat by using a furnace to pump hot air through floors. This type of flooring is seldom used in residences.
  2. Electric radiant floors, which use electric cables that are built into the floor or electrically conductive plastic mats.
  3. Hot water radiant floors, which pump heater water from a boiler through tubing under the floor.

Radiant Wall Panels and Overhead Panels 

In addition to radiant flooring, heating can also be provided through the use of radiant wall panels and overhead panels. These wall or ceiling mounted panels are either heated electrically or through tubing heated with hot water. Due to the chance of leaks in the wall, hot water tubing is used less often in homes.

Outdoor Heating 

Radiant floor heating also works well to heat specific areas out of doors, such as patio seating. You have probably seen these in use in outdoor restaurant seating or outdoor bars.

For expert radiant heat installation in Portland OR please contact The Earth Heating. We can discuss radiant heating options that will best suit your situation.