In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics and benefits of radiant floor heating systems. These systems are fantastic for temperature control and comfort within any building, gaining major popularity in recent years as they’ve become more affordable and common.
At Gordo Sales, we provide a wide range of process radiant heaters, from our ceramic radiant heaters to several related products. In today’s part two, we’ll go over some further details on radiant floor heating systems – their operating styles, how to maximize their benefits, and how to evaluate your supplier of radiant heat.
Hydronic Vs. Electric Systems
Generally speaking, modern floor heating systems come in either hydronic or electric options. Here are some basics on each:
- Hydronic systems: These use water or a water and anti-freeze blend, circulated through a closed-loop pipe network to create the desired heat levels. These options require specialized designers who understand how boilers, pumps and controls work. Setting up such a system requires understanding where pipes are and how equipment will fit in given areas. These systems are more expensive than electric systems to install, but often cost less to run.
- Electric systems: The simpler choice is the electric system, which uses resistance wires to set up the required heat. These systems cost far less to install and may involve less maintenance, though they may come at a higher per-hour costs depending on your electrical needs.
Maximizing Radiant Heat
If you’ve chosen to install radiant floor heaters, what can you do to get the absolute most out of them and maximize their costs? Here are some general tips:
- Thermostat: For starters, if you don’t already have a programmable thermostat in the home, now is the time to install one. This will allow you to schedule the radiant heating system for only the times when you’re home, saving you money on your bill each month.
- Thermal barrier: Some choose to also install a thermal barrier below the radiant heating system, ensuring the energy goes into your space and isn’t absorbed into the ground at all.
- Separate heating zones: These allow you to use energy only in the desired areas.
- Even heat distribution: Make sure you carefully plan your installation so that there are no cold spots or hot spots.
If you’re considering a radiant heat system, you should do your research among providers. Only work with dedicated heating specialists like ours, for one, and prioritize technical support and expertise in the company you choose. In addition, make sure you understand all warranties offered to you.
For more on a radiant floor heating system, or to learn about any of our other immersion or process heating systems, speak to the staff at Gordo Sales today.