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Important Facts About Radiant Floor Heating

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by

Radiant floor heating offers many benefits for those seeking warmth in their homes. If you have been thinking about installing radiant heating, but don’t know where to begin your research, the flooring experts at Unique Flooring are here to help you make an informed decision.

It Produces Constant Heat

Through electric wires or water-filled tubes, radiant heating produces heat that rises through the floor and anything touching the floor. While the air itself stays around the same temperature, the temperature of furniture can increase, which means you don’t have to worry about your couch stealing your body heat. Plus, the lack of blowing air is actually a good thing. With radiant floor heating, you won’t feel a sudden chill once your heat cuts out at whatever temperature you’ve set the thermostat. 

The Heat Circulates Evenly

Traditional heating systems force out large amounts of heated air. The heat then rises and dissipates, leaving some parts of the room too cold while others might be too hot. Heat from a radiant system disperses more uniformly, which means you won’t be shivering in one corner while another makes you sweat. This also helps reduce the amount of wasted heat that heads toward the ceiling.

Radiant Heat Is Cost Effective

Ultimately, using radiant heating can lead to cost savings because these systems don’t have to get nearly as hot as a traditional forced air heating setup. Another thing that can help keep money in your pocket is the lack of vents, which make forced-air heating more expensive than radiant heating on average.

Not All Flooring Options Are Suitable

The type of floors you choose can either help or hinder radiant heating. Stone, concrete, and ceramic are ideal for reaping the full benefits of radiant heat. However, wood options like the Armstrong flooring Oceanside homeowners love may shrink and swell during the heating and cooling process, carpet is insulated, which can keep the heat from transferring, and heat can cause vinyl floors to become discolored.

Even if you don’t decide radiant floor heating is right for your home, you’re sure to find an attractive, high-quality floor at Unique Flooring. We offer many different styles of ceramic tile, laminate, Urban hardwood, and Berber carpet in Oceanside, and the selection doesn’t stop there. Stop by our showroom or give us a call at 760-945-0010 for a free quote.

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