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14 May 2014

Radiant heating. What floors are suitable?

Radiant heating. What floors are suitable? Subfloor heating is - literally - ancient history. What’s becoming more and more popular today was actually used in the Neoglacial period. Of course, it was a rudimentary approach, but the principle survived the test of time. Subfloor heating/cooling, also known as “radiant” involves either electrical resistance (for heating only) or fluid pipes (for both heating and cooling) to heat the floor and generate thermal comfort for the inhabitants. Electric heating is a very popular option due to its versatility. This system can be incorporated in the concrete, during the building process, or can be added later on in the subfloor or even under the actual flooring. Hydronic system, on the other hand, must be incorporated in the concrete (usually during the building). Not that versatile, but there are two major advantages: the system provides the possibility of cooling as well and you leaves you a choice when it comes to power supplying, which is not bound to be electrical. overfloor2 What type of floors are suitable for radiant heating? Tiles - Both porcelain and ceramic tiles are perfect choices for radiant heating because they are great conductors of heat. Laminate - This type of flooring will not expand/contract when the temperature changes, therefore it is a good choice for this type of heating. Natural Stone - If you have natural stone floors, radiant heating is definitely the best choice. Unlike wood, stone feels colder and it might be uncomfortable to walk on. Carpet - This is not a great heat conductor, therefore it’s not the best choice for radiant heating. Hardwood - This type of flooring requires special attention because it reacts to temperature. If the system is not properly engineered, it could lead to fast degradation. photo via

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