Radiant floor heating is an elegant and cost-effective way of heating your home. Whether you are building a new property or remodeling a fixer-upper, radiant heating can provide you with years of luxury.
The installation process can be quick and easy depending on the size of the project, but it is still important that the process only be undertaken by a professional. Amateur DIYers may wish to tackle the project alone, but they may find the project a bit more complicated than they realized. Here’s a list of what goes into the installation process.
Temporary Floor Removal
This one may seem obvious, but in order to install heating tubes under the floor, you must first tear up the floor! This is a significantly larger job than just changing the carpet or laying tile. The polyurethane tubing used in hydronic heating must be placed and secured in very specific ways. What’s more, the location of the installation must be carefully considered. If installing under a carpet, for instance, particular care must be given to the type of carpet that will sit on top. Carpet that is too thick may trap the heat and cause the entire system to work harder to achieve the results you want. This can quickly undercut the cost-saving measures indicative of radiant floor heating.
The High Cost of Mistakes
The installation process of electric or hydronic radiant floor heating is not what anyone would call cheap. It is a long-term investment in your property that offers reduced energy costs and tax incentives year after year. Imagine undertaking this sort of project, making a mistake, and then having to pay for professional help anyway. A miscalculation or misunderstanding of the system as a whole could lead to significantly higher installation costs and higher energy output in the future. If the system does not work optimally and does not lead to a reduction in energy costs, then the main reasons for starting the project have been undermined.
It’s always better to trust an experienced and licensed professional like those found at The Earth Heating. Call us today at (503) 788-7777 and learn how our expert team can improve your home.