Radiant Floor Heating in Bloomington
Bloomington homeowners can opt for three types of radiant heat for their floors. The heat can be provided by air, electricity, or hot water. Most homeowners choose radiant floors that are heated through hot water because they are more cost-effective than electric or air-heated floors. Electric radiant floors are expensive and are best used for small spaces such as a powder room. Radiant floors that use warmed air are not as efficient as electricity or water. This is because air just can’t hold on to enough heat to keep an average-sized room comfortably warm for long periods.
Besides types of radiant floors, there are also types of installations. Wet installations embed tubes or cables in a solid floor such as one made of a concrete slab or concrete over a subfloor. Dry installations are when the tubing for the radiant flooring is attached under a floor or subfloor or is placed between two plywood layers.
After the tubes are installed, they are usually covered by ceramic tile, which is the best material to allow the heat to radiate into a room. Wood, linoleum, vinyl, and thin carpeting are also acceptable, though thick carpeting is discouraged. Thick carpeting prevents the heat from rising into the room and requires the water temperature to be raised to make the room comfortably warm. If you’re going to cover the floor with wood, you should use engineered wood to keep the wood from shrinking due to the heat.
More reasons to opt for radiant floor heating include:
- Invisibility, no radiators or registers
- Heats evenly, no cold feet and hot head
- PEX tubes that don’t corrode like copper
- Quiet, nearly silent operation