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Radiant Floor Being Installed


Radiant Heating System
This system is known to provide the most natural and comfortable heat in a home. It can come in a number of forms, from a pot belly stove to in-floor hot water tubing. It works through the process of radiation or direct transfer of heat from a hot to a cold surface.

Distribution

  • Most commonly provided via hot water tubing embedded in the floor or directly below the floor surface
  • Radiant panels may be used in ceilings
  • Heating stoves

    Fuel Sources

  • In-floor systems use hot water heated by a boiler
  • Boiler may be fueled by natural gas, propane, oil or electricity
  • Heating stoves may use wood or coal

    Advantages

  • Comfortable, even heat
  • Boilers can be energy efficient

    Disadvantages

  • Slow heating up cycle since surrounding materials must warm
  • Expensive installed cost
  • Difficult access to hidden piping if maintenance problems emerge.
  • Air conditioning requires a separate ductwork distribution and cooling system.
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