- By Kurt Kopp
- In Design Ideas, Design Ideas, How to Choose, How to Choose, New Construction, Remodeling
- Tags heated floors, New Construction, radiant flooring, remodel
Heated flooring (aka radiant flooring) is an excellent way to heat floorings that are cool, such as stone, concrete, or ceramic tile.
There are 2 systems you can choose from electric and hydronic. We will dive into each one to help you make a more informed decision on which one will work for you.
This system has thin heating cables, like the wires in an electric blanket, installed under ceramic tile.
Where: They’re installed in rooms such as bathrooms, mudrooms, and kitchens.
Controlled: They have their own thermostat, these electric floor heating systems will not replace your central heating unit.
Energy Consumption: This electric floor heating system will consume about the same amount of electricity as three 100W lightbulbs.
Note: If you’re installing radiant floor heat in an existing room, you’ll need a dedicated 15-20amp GFCI protected circuit to power the system.
Heats the floor by warm water pumped through plastic tubing. The tubing goes beneath the wood floors; by installing it directly under the finish flooring or fastened to the underside of the subfloor.
Components: In a hydronic system will have a water heater, circulation pump, manifold of valves, and a thermostat to control the temperature.
Where: Rooms with carpet, tile, and vinyl flooring can go down over a hydronic masonry floor.
Energy Consumption: You can have substantial savings when using this throughout the house or a whole level; you can save around 1/3 over what you’d pay to heat by forced air.
Note: The cost for an entire heating system is 2 to 3 times the cost of the electric radiant system.
What are the Pros and Cons of a Radiant System?
-Electric radiant heating systems buried within a ceramic tile can retain heat for a long time, even after the power is turned off.
-Electrical radiant floor systems offer a discreet way of heating a floor.
-The systems can help reduce overall heating costs by not having you your HVAC or space heaters to work as hard to heat up the room.
-These systems are ideal for use under cold surfaces.
-A radiant system, in general, are more cost-effective than other means of supplemental electric heating, such as space heaters.
-These systems are challenging to install retroactively, as the floor covering must be removed. They are most practical during new construction or remodeling projects.
-A radiant system is more effective at warming the floor surface rather than heating the entire room.
-For whole-home use, an electric radiant system is more expensive to operate than a hydronic radiant system.
-Broken wires and tubing beneath the flooring surfaces and are difficult to repair.
-Radiant floor heating is less effective under carpeting, hardwood, or vinyl since the heat can become trapped between the insulating surface layer and the subfloor.
Costs of a Radiant System?:
You can expect to pay $8 to $12 per square foot for materials alone. On average, for professional installation plus materials, plan on spending about $16 per square foot.
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