Electric Radiant Floor Heat

Electric Radiant Floor Heat

electric radiant floor heat
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in floor heating…educate me?

i know absolutely nothing about in floor heat. i am building a house on a concrete slab in the maritimes canada. i have heard bits and pieces about in floor heat like water pipes in the concrete…..something called radiant heat…. and something that uses an oil fired boiler….and some kind of electric in floor heat. have no clue if any of those are the same thing or how they work. all i want to know is what is the most desirable and why and will it be my main source of heat? and exactly what am i looking at for installing it and when? just teach me everything ya know….thanks.

A house has many systems to make it work. Some like the heating system can be divided further into sub-systems. Radiant heating is a distribution sub-system of a central heating plant. An understanding of how it works and how it is installed has changed substantially in the last 40 years. Some older systems were not installed well and have given the concept a bad reputation.

In general, with new construction radiant heating is installed using pex tubing installed in a 4″ thick reinforced concrete floor. It is essential that a slab on grade be insulated below and protected from water infiltration. The concrete represents a large thermal mass. This causes the area to heat and cool slowly. Radiant heating is not appropriate for areas that need to change temperature rapidly and setback thermostats are not usually useful. (It might not be so useful for a weekend cabin.)

However because general temperatures are lower there can be some cost savings. It can also be set up as a zoned system so that some rooms can be kept cooler than others. Radiant heating in isolated areas like kitchens and bathrooms is sometimes done using electric mats that are placed under tiles.

It is often described as the cleanest and most comfortable type of heat distribution. It works particularly well with geothermal and solar heating due to the lower distribution temperatures, but can be adapted to distribute heat for conventional sources like wood, electricity, oil, and gas.

Radiant floor heating Single Zone