Your Green Home Renovation: Radiant Floor Heating

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mgb projectRadiant floor heating is just one of those luxuries that everyone should experience at least once. This method of warming a home is considered to be environmentally friendly, and as the home building industry continues to focus more on green home renovation, we’re finding that this method of warming a space is becoming more and more common.  Radiant floor heating is perfectly suited for many of the sustainable flooring materials that are on the market today, making it the perfect complement to your green home renovation.

Remarkable Efficiency

Because of the way they are designed, radiant floor heaters require very little energy to function properly.  The idea is that if you can feel the heat (presumably through your bare feet), you need less of it circulating around you.  Producers of these systems suggest that the very design of radiant heating allow you to feel comfortable at lower ambient temperatures, which translates into greater energy efficiency.

There is also no concern for lost heat, because unlike your central heating unit, there are no ducts allowing heat to dissipate as it travels through your home.  With these radiant systems, heat simply rises from the floor right into your living space.

Consistency and Ease of Use

The heat produced by these systems sticks around for a while after you turn the thermostat off. This is consistent, gentle heat that will keep you comfortable around the clock in the colder months, because the flooring material and surrounding surfaces take a while to cool back down.

The thermostats that are now being used with these systems employ intuition and smart home technology, making it so much easier to regulate the temperature in your home.  The combination of consistency and control amounts to huge savings for homeowners. It allows you to make conscious decisions about the way you use energy in your home, rather than absentmindedly turning up the heat when you feel a chill.

Radiant heat systems are not quite ready to take the place of the central warming system found in most homes today.  As we mentioned, though, it does reduce the need for forced-air heating, especially in areas with a warmer climate.  It is well within the realm of possibility that radiant heat, once it has been developed a bit more, will become the go-to heating system for residential projects.