Radiant Floor Heat

Radiant Floor Heat

It seems that radiant floor heat is definitely picking up steam. More and more people are looking into it and opting to have it installed in their homes.

Flooring experts say, before you pick out any old flooring materials, make sure it has “thermal mass.“ Experts say, the best surface for a radiant floor is something with “thermal mass”.

If your not familiar with what exactly “thermal mass” is, don’t worry.

Basically, materials that have high thermal mass are those that are able to store heat. Examples are concrete, many types of tile and stone, and Earthen floors.

Materials that don’t have high thermal mass are wood floors, laminate, and carpet. The reason you want a flooring with higher thermal mass (ability to store heat) is that it will emit the heat from the radiant floor system at a desirable rate and also the floor will have a nice warm feel to it.


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    Comment by Penny @ Zenith Porches: Oct 26, 2011 at 6:47 AM

    It definitely is! I’m planning to install this baby to my home next year. This idea is ingenious to those who can afford it :)

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    Comment by Kelly@Wagner 905 Review: Oct 29, 2011 at 6:33 AM

    I would love to install this one, It is quite pricey so I can just hope that I get enough over time! :)

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    Comment by Aurea @ pricewise events: Nov 3, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    This is absolutely a great idea and of course a great flooring to install in your home. A floor heat is just in time for the winter to come. 😀

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    Comment by Craig@Wooden Flooring Guildford: Nov 11, 2011 at 6:01 AM

    These heating systems are great. We have just had one installed in our new orangery and it is great sitting in there feeling the warmth on your feet while reading your book. Would highly recommend it.

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    Comment by Hamza@bathroom remodeling los angeles: Nov 22, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Thanks for sharing this .I didn’t knew that there is such a thing called thermal mass and radiant floor.Could you give an idea how much it will cost to install it?

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    Comment by Julie: Jan 20, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    I agree with you that radiant heating is becoming more and more popular a lot of our clients are asking about it to us. And to be honest it is really appreciable

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    Comment by joe@dividend paying stocks: Feb 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Floors with thermal mass do work better but they still install radiant floor heating with wood and carpeting. they are usualy a retrofit where the tubing is placed in the joist below the floor and a radiant barrier is intalled and insulation to reflect the heat upward. The fact you warm the floor makes the rooms feel better and you do not have to turn the heat up to be as comfortable as you would with forced air.

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    Comment by Underfloor Heating: Feb 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Yes Kimberly, I agree with you that radient under floor heating is becoming more and more popular with housholders as it becomes cheaper and easier to install.

    It is a much more efficient way to heat up a room in your house as the heat rises from the floor to fill the room rather than the other way around, which is more typical with older heating systems.

    Plus it is so comfortable walking on a warm and cosy floor!

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    Comment by Luke@Underfloor Heating: Feb 8, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Underfloor heating has become more popular as the prices of installing such a system these days had reduced.

    They are also prefered because they heat up a room from the floor up rather than the other way, which older heating systems like radiators tend to do. This means the room heats up quicker.

    Also, you can’t beat walking bear foot on a warm and cosy floor too!

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    Comment by Beth: Feb 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    I’d like to get radiant floor heating installed in my kitchen. The floor is always cold in that room no matter how warm the rest of the house is.

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    Comment by Bob@Carpet Shops Tring: Feb 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    I love the underfloor heating! I can only afford it to be in my bathroom, would love it in my conservatory too in time!

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    Comment by chris@flat screen tv: Mar 5, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    I have seen and tried 2 types of radiant floor heat. one is the tubes of water below floor and i like that alot. the other is electric radiant heat for tile in bathroom. It works ok but if you can always use the radiant floor heat with water it is better and will last longer.

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    Comment by Olya@Engineered Hardwood Flooring: May 4, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Some high quality engineered wood floors work well with radiant heat, so you get to enjoy both a warm and real wood floor!

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    Comment by Ricky@ hardwood flooring toronto: Oct 10, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Wow!! It seems to be a very nice flooring. I think its an excellent flooring for any one who wants an attractive and different flooring at affordable price. I liked it.

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