Radiant Heat Flooring
Radiant heating flooring systems involve supplying heat directly to the floor. Radiant heating has a number of advantages: it is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because no energy is lost through ducts. The lack of moving air can also be advantageous to people with severe allergies.
Ceramic tile is the most common and effective floor covering for radiant floor heating. It conducts heat well from the floor and stores heat long after the heating system has been turned off. These new systems are embedded directly into the same thinset cement used to set tile or stone.
Above you can see the electric radiant heat cables that have been installed before the tiles are set. Below is the finished tile floor with the radiant heat system installed underneath.
Radiant heat floors may also make sense for additions to homes for which it would be impractical to extend the heating system into the addition. However, homeowners should explore all of their options. Mini-split heat pumps operate more efficiently and have the advantage of also providing cooling. In older homes, radiators take up valuable space, especially in small bathrooms. Radiant floor heating is a great way to remove the radiator without the expense of updating the entire heating system.