If you are a homeowner who is on the lookout for a new heating system in your home, you will be faced with an array of choices. One of the choices that you should give a second look is some type of floor heating system. Floor heating is efficient to operate, long-lasting, and provides many benefits. However, there may be a few misconceptions about radiant floor heat systems that get in the way of your considering this as a viable option. Here are a few of those misconceptions and the facts you should know.
Misconception: Floor heating systems are difficult to maintain
Fact: It is a big myth that radiant floor heating systems are more difficult to maintain than the average forced-air heat system. The fact is, you will likely see less maintenance over time because you are not dealing with recirculated air, dirty filters, and clogged duct-work barring down the system. Even with water-type radiant tubing, filters in place keep sediment and other contaminants from clogging the heated lines over time. It is quite likely that you will see about every type of radiant tubing last for many years without ever needing attention.
Misconception: Floor heating systems take longer to heat the home than a forced-air system
Fact: Because the tubing beneath the floor must first warm the overlying layers of material, people often assume that radiant floor heating must take a long time to completely heat a space. However, unlike a forced-air system, the heat is being radiated throughout the space, not just being pushed into one area. Therefore, the heating takes place quickly, and even more importantly, evenly.
Misconception: Radiant heat systems cannot be installed beneath wood floor systems
Fact: For a long time, the most common places to find radiant floor heat systems was beneath either concrete or tile flooring. However, modern floor heating systems are installed under everything from tile to hardwood. The only material that radiant heating does not fare well under is carpet, but this is only because carpet usually boasts several layers of insulation, which would prohibit efficient heat flow.
When you know a little more about the facts and pay less attention to the misconceptions, it is easy to see why so many homeowners choose floor heating systems for their home. If you would like more information about making the transition to radiant floor heat, talk to a heating specialist about questions you have about the process.Share