Updating to radiant floor heat

The highest temperature in the room remains closer to the floor, where it does the most good

When my fiance and I moved into our house, there was wall-to-wall royal red shag carpeting in nearly every room. The entryway and lavatory floors were covered in outdated linoleum. The wiring was unsafe, the plumbing pipes corroded and all of the appliances were terribly ancient. Because of leaking water pipes that had been neglected, there was significant water disfigure. All of us needed to just about gut the new home down to the studs and floor joists. About the only feature of the new home worth keeping was the boiler installed in the basement. All of us hired a licensed HVAC supplier to inspect and repair the system, and he assured us that the heating system would continue to deliver reliable operation. He also advocated that all of us replace the new home to radiant floor heating. Retrofitting hydronic floor heating can be expensive, messy and difficult. Because of our big teardown inside the house, the replacement was not a problem. The radiant flooring utilizes a network of pipes concealed beneath the floors that carry hot water. It is a closed plan and doesn’t draw from our household water supply. Because there are no ducts and no hot air blowing into the home, there’s no introduction of allergens such as dust or bacteria. The radiant floors are particularly silent, take up no living space and don’t require us to arrange our furniture around to accommodate it. The heat is spread from wall to wall and rises entirely slowly. The highest temperature in the room remains closer to the floor, where it does the most good. There are no drafts, chilly pockets or unpleasant temperature swings. Plus, all of us appreciate all the benefits of zoned control, however each room can be set to an independent temperature and there’s no need to heat empty spaces.

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