4 Things You Need to Know About Radiant Floor Heat

If you’re sick of spending every winter bundled up like an Eskimo in your own house, it’s time to find a solution that gives you the heat you need — without costing a fortune.
When you take a look at the following 4 things, it’s easy to see that radiant floor heat can be the perfect solution!

1. It may be called “heated tile”, but it’s not just for tile floors
Radiant floor heat is versatile — so versatile, in fact, that it can go underneath your vinyl, laminate, hardwood, marble, and granite, in addition to your ceramic tile. Basically, unless you have carpeting, you can take advantage of so-called “heated tile“.

2. Radiant floor heat is different from its hydronic counterparts
Radiant floor heat systems use a network of cables underneath your floors to make everything warm. When you turn on the system, the cables use electricity to heat up, and — thanks to basic science — that hot air starts to rise. The hot air goes through your flooring and into the open room above it.
Hydronic flooring systems use a bunch of tubes filled with water, instead of cables. They use electricity to heat up the water. Then, the water rushes through the tubes in an effort to heat up the floors above them.
While you’ll get warm floors from these systems, too, you’ll use more energy to do it. That’s because you’ll have to use double the electricity — first, to heat the water, then to move it around.
If you’re looking for the most energy-efficient way of heating your floors, opt for a radiant system.

3. Warm floors can warm up your entire room
Thanks to that basic scientific fact that hot air rises, you can use the heat from your floors to heat up your entire room. You won’t be able to turn off your traditional heater entirely, but you will be able to turn the thermostat way down and prevent it from kicking on as much!
Think of it as providing an assistant for your heater. Just like your assistant takes the pressure off your work load, a heated tile system does the same thing for your heater.

4. It works quickly
One of the best things about a radiant floor heat system is that you don’t have to wait around for it. Once you turn the system on, it can reach your desired temperature in a matter of minutes. That way, you can take off the sweater and socks and get comfortable in your own home!

The team at EZ Floor Heat

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