Also, with radiant heat, you feel comfortable at a lower thermostat setting, so your fuel bills will be lower…a major plus!
In addition, the system is silent, has only one moving part, needs minimal maintenance, operates more efficiently than any other heating system while offering superior comfort, and if that isn’t enough, you can walk around in socks all winter!
Imagine stepping out of your morning shower onto a warm floor. Imagine never again sitting on a cold sofa. Imagine stretching out on a cozy floor and reading the paper, working on a school project with the kids, doing yoga exercises. These are only a few of the reasons why radiant heat has been used in Europe for over sixty years and will soon become the standard in America.
Radiant Floor Company systems are designed for low water temperatures (125 degrees) and, as a result, floor temperatures will be approximately 5 degrees warmer than room temperature. In fact, many customers have noticed that sunlight striking the floor on a bright winter day will warm the hardwood more than the radiant system.
It could also be argued that, because floor temperatures are kept more uniform during all the seasons of the year, the expansion and contraction of the hardwood is minimized and a more stable and long lasting floor is the result.
The same is true for other floor coverings as well. Whether it’s Pergo, vinyl, or any type of laminated floor, the low water temperatures unique to properly designed radiant heating systems keep floor temperatures well within manufacturer’s specifications. For more information on hardwood floors and radiant heat, as well as studies conducted with PEX tubing and its effect on hardwood, see this web site: Launstein Floors.
You’ll find that by working with Radiant Floor Company you’ll save up to 75% over the cost of a contractor- installed radiant system….and you won’t sacrifice a bit of quality.
For more cost information, check out our prices section of this web site.
So, you can see that if your basement zone, for example, requires 1200 ft. of tubing, you’ll want to use either (4) 300 ft. loops of tubing, or (3) 400 ft. loops of tubing.
One example would be a great room with lots of windows, or a sunroom. You wouldn’t want a thermostat thirty feet away in the living room calling for heat in a zone that included the sunroom because the sunroom may already be twenty degrees warmer than the rest of the floor due to thermal gain from south facing windows. And by the same token, those same windows will cause a greater heat loss in the sunroom at night. That means that trying to keep the sunroom at living room temperatures overnight will most likely overheat the rest of the living space. So logically, the sunroom should be on its own zone.
It’s also undesirable, and a waste of money, to over-zone. Because radiant heat is so even throughout the entire heated space, the temperature tends to equilibrate regardless of zoning. It’s usually best to zone large sections of a given floor. Two or more rarely used guest bedrooms, an entire master suite, or a garage, would be examples of appropriate zones. The above mentioned sunroom, or great room with lots of windows are also good examples because, by nature, they have a different heat profile than the rest of the living space.
In addition, some municipal codes simply require oxygen barrier tubing in any radiant system. This despite the fact that none of the experts seem to agree on how much, if any, damage is being done to the radiant system. As mentioned above, at normal, low radiant temperatures, oxygen diffusion is minimal. Is it worth spending more on tubing in order to, maybe, prolong the life of the system? Especially since non-barrier tubing has been used for years in low temperature systems without any reports of accelerated damage.
Nevertheless, for customers meeting local code requirements, or for anyone desiring the added peace of mind, Radiant Floor Company offers oxygen barrier tubing in both 1/2″ and 7/8″ PEX.