BUSTING MYTHS ABOUT FLOOR HEATING SYSTEM

If you are building a new home or renovating your house, underfloor heated floors by heavenly heat seem like a great investment to make. However, it is a fact that there are always some myths which surround everything. Here are some of the most common myths that we are debunking for you in order to help you make the right decision.

  1. It is an expensive ordeal: Cost of a radiant heating system can range from about $1,500 to $5,000. The cost depends on various factors like climate conditions, existing floor, builder flexibility and the existing HVAC system of the house. Though the initial investment seems a bit high, its turn out to be cost-efficient in the longer run as it keeps the house warm with less energy.
  2. Heat will crack the floors:Everything comes with an expiry date. Irrespective of whether there is an underfloor heating system or not, the floor will crack over time. However, certain floors like hardwood are prone to cracking as they contract and expand with changes in temperature and moisture. However flooring materials like tiles, natural stone or laminates will not be affected by the underfloor heating system.
  3. Will lead to overheating of your house: Insufficient insulation can heat up your house with or without the radiant system. Lack of insulation is what causes over heating of the house. If your house is poorly insulated then more insulation should be added to easily control the heat.
  4. Radiant heater absorbs heat: It is a common myth that radiant heaters absorb, reflect or transmit heat.
  5. Installed in the floor because heat rises: The radiant heating system is not only installed under the floors but can also be installed in the walls or ceiling of your home. However it is more efficient to install it under the floor. As hot air pushes the cold air down, it makes the room heat up evenly.
  6. It can be installed only under the tile or concrete floor: Underfloor heating system works well with most types of flooring. Tile or concrete floor come highly recommended as they are good conductors of heat, this does not mean that you can’t put the flooring of your choice.
  7. It will Save you half of your overall heating costs: Though the radiant system works with maximum efficiency and keeps your house warmer by making use of less energy, this makes it cost efficient. However, there is no proof that it saves you half your heating costs but it does help you save.
  8. For smooth functioning, it needs to be installed throughout the house: Though it might make sense to install pipes under the floor and have hot water through it, but this is not the case. It is possible to install small piping under the flooring of one room and control it with a thermostat.
  9. It is a fad: The radiant heating systems was invested by the Romans and has been effectively used since then to warm up the house. It has been around for centuries.
  10. Ideal only for kitchen and bathroom: Kitchen and bathroom floors are the most notably cold ones, but it does not mean that it is ideal only for these two rooms. It can be easily installed in any room and it needn’t have tile flooring.