Radiant floor heating is a popular choice for a reason – it’s been used for centuries! With hundreds of years of great results, it’s no surprise that most folks choose radiant floor heating.
With radiant floor heating, there’s no huddling around a single heat source like a fire or a stove (not to mention the general mess associated with these heat sources). The heat radiates up through the floor – hence the name!
This works for a pretty simple reason. Think about it. Where are you coldest? Your toes! Radiant heating starts from the floor up, warming your feet and then on up to the rest of your body. It’s as convenient as it is soothing.
And it’s almost like magic. No noise. No bulky radiators wrecking your living room arrangement. With radiant floor heating, your body temperature and room temperature are ideal.
Compare this to a forced hot air system. With this system, you get air coming in from the outside, you get higher boiler temperatures that decrease the lifespan of your system, and – to put it simply – you simply get less out of your system.
Imagine a pizza stone warming up in an oven. That’s similar to how radiant floor heating works (and what makes it so efficient). A hot concrete slab beneath your floor sends warmth up through the floor boards. It is warmed by either a boiler or a geothermal pump. Now, the catch is that if it cools off considerably, then it will be a bit slow getting hot again. This is why you need to regulate the system properly.
That said, you wouldn’t want a wall thermostat judging temperatures on the floor, would you? Enter the floor thermostat. These vary as to what you’re able to control, but some smarter, fuel-saving systems allow for checking the outside, ground and room temperatures, which can give you that little extra boost toward a cozy home.