Radiant Floor Heating
If it’s hard for you to get comfortable on a cold Michigan, day, you’re not alone. While furnaces are a mainstay for many homeowners, they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. That’s why we offer radiant flooring, a heating option that can evenly warm every square foot of your home to perfection.
Answer Heating & Cooling is pleased to supply and service a quality selection of heating and cooling services to our neighbors in Freeland and surrounding communities. Let’s find out if radiant flooring works for your home.
How Efficient Are Radiant Floors?
You’ll be pleased to know hydronic radiant flooring uses less energy than traditional baseboard heating, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In most cases, they also outperform most furnaces in terms of efficiency, mainly because no ductwork is required. Not only is radiant floor heating incredibly comfortable—it can save you money in the long run.
How Do Radiant Floors Work?
Radiant floors emit heat that rises from the ground up and warms the objects in a room like sunlight. The warmth comes from a series of pipes or heating modules installed under your floorboards. Unlike furnaces and heat pumps, they don’t require ventilation or ductwork to disperse warmth. They work beautifully with most types of hard flooring: tile, hardwood, and more.
There are two main types: electric and hydronic.
Electric Radiant Heat
Electric radiant floor heating works best as a companion to your current heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. For instance, many homeowners have it installed in a bathroom or home addition.
This form of floor heating generates heat using electric cables installed under your floor. These cables may be standalone or attached to mortar-fitted mats. You can control the temperature using a programmable thermostat.
Hydronic Radiant Heat
Hydronic radiant heating is one of the best solutions for whole-home comfort. Rows of pipes circulate hot water from a boiler or water heater, dispersing heat evenly through your living space. The classic piping material is copper. However, most plumbing specialists favor PEX pipes, made from industrial-grade plastic that is both flexible and durable.
What Are the Benefits of Radiant Floors?
Always start with comfort whenever considering a change to your heating and cooling system. Here are some other advantages to radiant floors:
Lower Energy Bills
If you’re switching from traditional heating methods, hydronic floors often reduce your monthly utility costs at the end of every month. Additionally, it eliminates the need for ducts, which notoriously fall prey to heat loss and cost more to operate.
They also require less maintenance than most heating units, so you’ll spend less on upkeep.
Radiant flooring adds comfort without blowers and ducts. That means it won’t collect and circulate dust. The same cannot be said for a furnace or heat pump that requires a forced-air system. Floor heating is a top choice for indoor air quality (IAQ). It’s an excellent option for residents with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions.
That bookshelf could be flush with the wall—were it not for that pesky vent! Radiant floor heating uses zero floor space—it’s invisible. Compared to baseboard vents and clunky radiators, it makes a major difference in where you place your furniture.
Radiant heat feels warmer than ventilated heat. That’s because units that ventilate heat rely on heating cycles to save energy. Once the system goes into standby, the temperature falls a few degrees before the next cycle begins.
Floor heating also has an edge on other forms of radiant heat, because the heating components cover entire rooms rather than a single wall or corner.
Radiant Floor Installation and Replacement
Want radiant floors? Our hardworking team brings years of plumbing and HVAC experience to the table. We can assist every step of the way, helping to craft a plan that perfectly fits your home needs. Call our Freeland office today for a fair and accurate quote on your project–no commitment necessary.
Be sure to ask about our financing options that we tailor to meet your needs and budget for all your HVAC equipment.
Radiant Floor Repairs and Maintenance
Our experts are fully qualified to repair and maintain your radiant floors. We take pride in our work and always go the extra mile to protect your investment. Additionally, we value open and honest communication with our customers—we want to keep you in the know. You’ll always receive an accurate estimate before we begin any work.
Answer Heating & Cooling is pleased to offer a Maintenance Plans that saves you significant money on service calls, repairs, and parts. Jump to the front of the line today—join our maintenance plan!
If any part of your HVAC system fails, call us right away. We offer 24/7 emergency repair services to be there right when you need us!