For anyone designing and building a new home or renovating an existing home, deciding on the heating system can be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make. Many homeowners are now realizing the benefits of in-floor radiant heating systems, given how the technology has evolved and improved over the last 20 years.
Essentially, in-floor radiant heat systems that are powered by boilers function similarly to the free-standing radiators found in many older homes. Hot water is transported throughout the house via the home’s piping system, transferring heat to warm the interior of the property. In-floor radiant heat, however, functions far more efficiently and effectively, making it a more consistent and cost-effective way to heat. The benefits of an in-floor radiant heating system are due in large part to the quality of the home’s boiler. For anyone looking to add this boiler/in-floor heating combination to their home, the system is versatile and can be integrated with the electrical and data systems of your home fairly easily.
If you choose this type of system, you’ll enjoy consistent heat transfer throughout your home, which feels wonderful on bare feet! With radiant in-floor heating and a boiler installation, you won’t have to spend time and money on the installation and maintenance of duct work. Boiler systems also eliminate the need for lowered ceilings and drop soffits that are required by duct work, as well as the draft that’s so common with ducted forced-air systems.
Of course, there are some things you’ll want to consider before choosing an in-floor radiant heat system. For example, the system may not respond immediately to fluctuating temperatures outside, and the tubing that’s installed won’t be dual purpose and can’t be used to cool your home in the summer months. In addition, the system’s tubes require a little extra care and maintenance to prevent damage. Staples, screws or nails, among other types of fasteners, can puncture the tubing, causing leaks. So, you’ll have to be careful when installing new carpets, for instance, to make sure you don’t puncture the tubing.
Nevertheless, if radiant in-floor heating is right for you, you’ll enjoy many benefits from the enhanced heating efficiency. Boiler installation can also lower monthly energy bills! Consult with a contractor to see if the boiler system and radiant in-floor heating will work well with your home’s design. Call us for more information: 306-683-4328.