Homes have used radiant heating for a long time, but it has grown in popularity in the past decade. As many people have renovated old bathrooms, they have discovered the benefits of underfloor heat. Electrical underfloor heating is also a highly efficient form of energy, which contributes to its popularity for green renovations in Castle Rock, CO. At Blue River Plumbing & Heating, we are your radiant heat contractors of choice. From designing your underfloor heating system to repairing old setups, our heating contractors can keep your home comfortable from floor to ceiling!
Need help with another heating system? We also offer furnace repair and tune-up services to get your home ready for winter.
What is Radiant Heating?
If you’ve ever put your hand over the warm burner on a stove, you’ve experienced radiant heating. Radiant heating systems warm the walls and floors directly rather than blowing heated air through a network of ducts.
Using electrical panels, heat radiates from elements in your floor or walls. As cool air comes in contact with your heated floors and walls, it warms and rises, continuing the process until the entire room is heated.
Convection is the reason that your basement is noticeably colder than the upper levels of your home when you heat it with a furnace. With radiant heating, cold air still rises in each room. However, each room also has its own heat source in the floor, walls, or both. Radiant heating miniaturizes the effect of a cold basement and warm upper level so that every room in your home is comfortable and equally heated.
There are several significant advantages to using radiant in your home rather than a furnace and blower. First, it’s significantly more energy-efficient. Up to 25% of your furnace’s heat is lost in the duct system before it ever makes it to your rooms.
Radiant heating systems are great for allergy sufferers as well. While traditional blowers spread dust, allergens, and other particles around your home, radiant heat eliminates blowers, so the air is fresher and more sanitary.
Installing Underfloor Heating
The best time to put radiant heating in your home’s walls is when it’s under construction or when you’re already gutting a room. If you want to switch to radiant heat but don’t want to tear out your walls, don’t despair! It is possible to switch your home to radiant heating by installing heating elements solely in your floors.
Heated flooring systems come in two main varieties: electrical radiant floors and hot water (hydronic) radiant floors.
- Electric Underfloor Heating: Electrical radiant floors have electrical cables either built into the floor or mounted to the subfloor underneath another layer of flooring such as tile. As those tiles heat up, they’re able to produce comfortable heat without damaging any part of your home.
- Hydronic Underfloor Heating: Hydronic radiant floor installation is the same as electrical flooring. Instead of being heated with electricity, they have a system of pipes through which warm water flows. Hot water radiant floors are the most cost-effective radiant heating system because electricity is more expensive than using a boiler to heat water.
Both systems work by warming tubes that radiate heat into the floor, which then diffuses into the room. Ceramic tiles are a great type of flooring to pair with radiant heat because the material conducts heat well and stores it. When you work with our pros for your radiant heating needs, you can expect personalized solutions.
Be sure your boiler can handle the demands of a radiant heating system. If needed, our heating contractors offer boiler replacement services too!
Your Radiant Heating Experts
Whether you want to add radiant heating to a single room or revamp your entire home, Blue River Plumbing & Heating is up to the task. Our technicians will go above and beyond to ensure that your floor radiates exquisite warmth to keep your spaces at your ideal temperature. While these systems offer plenty of benefits and comfort to your home, without the proper care, you could find yourself in a difficult situation. Luckily, we have the expertise needed to get the job done. From installing heated floors to repairing your old system, we’re here to help.