Radiant heat is one of the best ways to heat your Pennsylvania home in the winter.
A warm and cozy home is an essential comfort for harsh winter weather and temperatures. Flooring with radiant heat builds comfort into the design of your home.
Every inch of space feels warm and cozy and becomes barefoot friendly including traditionally cooler floors of the home like bathroom tile.
Radiant Heat is a Simple Concept
In a typical home heating forced air system, the hot air comes out of a vent on the floor, or ankle level. The placement of these vents is often the cause of hot spots, cold spots, and air drafts in homes.
The warm air from the vents slowly rises and floats up to the ceiling, which isn’t where you are, so your HVAC system has to continually run for the house to feel warm.
You spend your time walking on the floor, or on furniture on top of the floor, so that’s where the warmth should be.
Radiant heating systems circulate warm water beneath your floor, through flexible, durable plastic tubing called PEX (cross-linked polyethylene). This tubing is leakproof and runs back and forth, wall to wall, bringing radiant heat to every corner of the room. The warm water in the tubing warms the floor, and then through the process of convection, the warm air on the floor slowly rises to warm the entire room from the floor up.
The PEX tubing is installed in continuous loops, so there are no connections under the floor. It also resists corrosion, and it’s incredibly tough.
Unlike with forced air, the heat is distributed evenly throughout the house. There is no blast of hot air near registers and no cold spots elsewhere. Air drafts are completely eliminated.
Radiant Heat Saves You Money on Energy Bills
Flooring with radiant heat can help you save money on your energy bill every month.
While fuel prices seem destined to skyrocket, radiant heat can save you up to 40% each month on your heating bills. This is because it distributes heat evenly across each room, you don’t have to crank up the thermostat to reach the chilliest corners. It’s perfect for homes with vaulted ceilings or giant windows, which would otherwise waste heat.
Efficient & Clean Home Energy
Eliminating the need for heat vents and blowers, radiant floor heat is also very clean. It doesn’t disperse dust, allergens, or pollutants through the air which improves your indoor air quality.
With no motor or fan, it’s much quieter in operation. Overall, these systems lower both the air pollution and noise pollution in your home.
Selective Heat Means Heat Where You Need It
An added bonus, with the touch of a keypad you can adjust temperatures in particular zones of the house, warmer in one bedroom than another, for example, or cooler in a seldom used playroom. With Radiant heat, you’ll be comfortable wherever you happen to be.
Radiant floor heating is a popular solution to meet your winter home comfort needs. We have experience helping homeowners in Lancaster, Berks, Dauphin, York, Lebanon, and Chester bring the convenience and warmth of radiant heating into their homes. You can enjoy the comfort of radiant heat whether it’s new construction or a remodel.
Radiant Heat Works Indoors or Outdoors
Radiant floor systems work great beneath all types of floors, including carpet, wood, tile, stone, and concrete.
In fact, systems can also be designed to melt snow from sidewalks and driveways. Imagine waking up to snow falling and instead of shoveling simply turning on a switch to heat the walkway to your door or your driveway.