Imagine sunbathing on some exotic beach in the middle of January. This sounds like a good winter vacation trip, because looking at things realistically, the biggest part of the populated world lives in places that have some form of winter. Heating the home is something inevitable, so looking for the best solution is something to consider.
Underfloor heating, or radiant heating, is a luxurious solution to warm-up efficiently cold rooms. Many homes are choosing this way of heating in order to upgrade the winter experience to a warm space and warm feet.
There are three types of radiant heating systems. The first one, in which hot air heats the floor, is rarely used in homes. The second type is the electric radiant heating system which is the most common one installed in homes. The third type is a water-based system which is most efficient and uses hot water passing through tubes under the floor.
The water-based heating system is most efficient since it uses the already heated water to pass heat. The only disadvantage that this system has to the electrical one is that it is more expensive to install. The electrical radiant system can be more cost-effective only in the cases when the night taxes for electricity are significantly lower. In that case, the system can be kept on all night and turned off for a bigger part of the day, releasing the heat slowly.
There are numerous benefits of investing in a radiant floor heating system. First and foremost, electric and water-based heating systems are energy efficient and thus cost efficient.
Heat generated from radiators is not spread evenly and needs to reach high temperatures in order to warm-up the whole room up. Floor heating warms evenly the whole space once it reaches 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The warm air always goes to the top of the room and starting from the floor, the bottom of the room is always warm.
The floor heating system is a smart-design resolution to heating. There are no radiators or appliances taking up space in the room. There are no sharp edges from radiators or hot surfaces that a child or even an adult can accidentally burn themselves on.
This type of heating is great for the air quality as well. The high temperatures of other heating systems reduce the levels of oxygen in the room and make the air feel stuffy. The heat coming from the floor is evenly spread out and never too hot, so the air feels fresh and the oxygen remains.
The heated tile floors give a luxury, homely, warm feeling. The warm floor greets you after a long day of winter colds. When the feet are warm the whole body tends to feel warm too.
The negative side of installing this kind of heating is the installation process itself which can be pricey, especially the water-based system installation. The installation process can take a while, so the place where the heating is installed will be out of reach for a couple of days before everything is ready.
Putting everything together, tile floor heating is worth it in the long run with its efficiency, reduced costs of electricity, and safety.