Keeping your home warm throughout the winter months can be challenging, and the many heating choices each come with their own unique benefits and challenges. Before you make your final heating system selection, it's important that you understand those benefits and challenges compared to what you actually need. A choice you should consider is radiant floor heating. Here are a few reasons why radiant floor heating may be the most viable home heating option.
Radiant heating is far more energy-efficient than many forced-air and boiler heating systems. Since heat rises naturally, you'll find that the heat radiating up from the floor rises evenly and progressively, heating everything in its path. That eliminates the cold pockets that can form when forced-air or radiator-based heat doesn't distribute evenly. You'll have consistent, even heating throughout every space in the home where your under-floor heating runs.
When you're looking for a heating system that's not going to break the bank, radiant floor heating is a great choice, especially if you're replacing or just installing the floors. You'll have far less equipment cost because you don't need to install separate radiators along with a furnace, air ducts, and more. You just install the heating cable in the floor before the flooring is installed. This can save you significantly on the initial installation as well as over the life of the heating system.
One of the biggest challenges of forced-air heating is the fact that the air blowing throughout your home can also blow dust, dirt, animal dander, and other contaminants around your home. You also run the risk of mold and mildew in the air ducts, which can be hazardous to your indoor air quality.
The good news is that you can avoid a lot of this air contamination (and the dust that comes with it) by installing radiant floor heating. Since radiant floor heating doesn't involve any kind of forced air, just heat radiating up from the floor, you won't have any trouble with dust or anything being blown around your home.
The more you understand, the easier it is to choose the right heating system for your home. Talk with a local heating installation contractor, such as IMS Heating & Air Inc, about the benefits of radiant floor heating. He or she can help you to determine if radiant floor heating is the right choice for your home, or what might be more effective.