Many homeowners struggle with what type of heating system to put in their home. While some opt for a traditional heating system, others wonder about radiant floor heating. However, many individuals end up ignoring the benefits of radiant floor heating and going for something different because of a misconception they have heard about them. Don't let one of the misconceptions below hold you back from getting this amazing new flooring installed in your home.
Heat can't do anything other than rise.
If it was true that the only thing heat could do was rise, there would be no way for the sun to be able to heat the planet and keep everyone warm. In actuality, heat travels in all sorts of different directions. Heat actually tends to move to where it is cold in an attempt to warm the area up. When a home is heated using traditional forced air heat, the top floors tend to be warmer than what the bottom floors are. Cold air tends to sink as the warm air rises. The best way to keep your home at an even temperature is to go with a radiant floor heating. You will feel warm as you walk along the floors and throughout the home. Heat is transferred from the movement in the air and circulated throughout your home instantly.
Radiant floor heating takes too long to respond.
Radiant floor heating actually responds quicker than you realize. Oftentimes, people get confused and think that it takes hours before the floor is going to be nice and toasty. While it does take a few minutes to heat the slab up, it will provide you with instant warmth when done. Just walking into a space with radiant floor heating will yield instant results in how you feel. The heated slab transfers warmth to anything in the environment.
You don't need insulation under the heated slabs.
Since heat can move in all sorts of different directions, you want to make sure you aren't causing the system to strain itself just trying to heat the room. Adding in insulation will help prevent the system from working harder and heat the room quicker. It also helps to keep the room warmer for longer. Make sure to go with a polystyrene insulation when insulating under your flooring as this will provide more adequate insulation.
Now that you have a better understanding of how amazing these floors are, you can discuss your options with a radiant floor heating specialist today.