Whether you are building a new home or adding an addition to your current one, you likely know that you have one tough decision to make -- what type of heating you will have installed in your home or addition. There are so many ways to heat a home today that the decision is tougher than ever, but one type of heating you should not overlook is electric radiant underfloor heating. Since every type of home heating has its unique advantages, read on to learn about the two biggest benefits of electric floor heat and which flooring types are compatible with it.
Two Big Benefits of Electric Underfloor Heating
There is one advantage of electric floor heat that you can likely guess, and that is that it is a great option if you want to walk on toasty warm floors on the cold winter days and evenings! However, the benefits don't end there, and additional advantages include the following:
1. Electric Floor Heat Can Actually Be More Energy Efficient than Forced Air Heat
Many homeowners believe the common misconception that electric heating is more expensive to run than other types of home heating systems and never consider electric floor heat due to this false belief. The truth is that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, electric floor heating systems are actually much more energy efficient than typical forced-air heating systems.
One reason radiant floor heating is more energy efficient is due to the amount of heated air lost through home air ducts in a forced air heating system before it even reaches the rooms of a home -- as much as 30-percent of the heated air created by a forced air heating system gets lost through tiny cracks and crevices in a typical home's heating ducts.
No energy is wasted by an electric floor heat system, since all of the heat it creates radiates up into a room.
2. Switching to Electric Floor Heat Can Improve Your Family's Health
Not only is electric floor heat energy efficient, but also it can improve your family's health, especially if anyone in it suffers from allergies or allergic asthma. Dust, dander, pollen, and other allergens can build up in a home's heating ducts over time, and these allergens get distributed into your family's air every time a forced-air heating system cycles on.
A phenomenon called "backdrafting" that occurs with forced-air heating ducts can also take a toll on your family's health -- the leaks in home heating ducts that let heated air "sneak" out can also let particles of additional health hazards, such as insulation particles and mildew spores, into your ducts.
No duct work is needed to distribute the heat created by electric underfloor heating, so when you choose this type of home heat, you can skip not only the expense of duct insulation, but also the health hazards of the ducts themselves.
In addition, if you enjoy walking on carpeting, but don't like the dust mites it can harbor that can cause allergy or asthma symptoms, then you will be happy to hear that electric floor heat can also greatly reduce the number of dust mites that live in carpeting it is installed under. The heating system keeps carpeting free of moisture that dust mites need to survive. Dry carpet is also less prone to the growth of hazardous mildew.
Flooring Types Compatible with Electric Underfloor Heating
Now that you know the greatest advantages of choosing electric underfloor heating for your new home or home addition, you likely wonder what types of flooring this heating system is compatible with. The truth is that there are many!
An electric underfloor heating system is compatible with most types of wood flooring, stone and tile flooring, carpeting, and even vinyl flooring. However, you must choose the type of flooring you would like to have installed in a room before you have your underfloor heating system designed and installed; some types of flooring require that underfloor heating systems stay under a specific temperature to prevent damage to them.
If you are designing a new home or adding an addition to your current one, then consider all of your heating options. Electric radiant underfloor heating offers many benefits and is compatible with almost any type of flooring you would like to install over it.Share
21 June 2017
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