Remodeling? Under construction? If you're curious what the benefits of radiant heating are, we can help!
What is Radiant Heating?
PEX tubing under your floor is the basic technology that heats the entire mass of floor and the people and objects around it. The benefits being a low water temperature, resulting in energy savings of 20-40 percent! You'll have cozy and warm bathroom and kitchen floors for barefoot comfort.
What is PEX Tubing?
PEX Tubing - Cross linked polyethylene tubing that prevents acid penetration in concrete previously known to destroy copper radiant tubing with old radiant technology. PEX tubing is a far more superior technology then copper ever was. Backed by a 25 year manufacturers limited warranty.
What are the advantages of Radiant Heating?
Clean and Consistent - Hydronic radiant floor heating provides very clean, very consistent warmth. It is like a giant radiator underneath your floor, conducting warmth to the body and radiating heat to the objects in the room. There are no fans or blowers to spread germs and particulates, and there is no furnace noise.
Functional - Because the floors are warm, every level of your home can be occupied in comfort. Your options for flooring material are multiplied. Tile, wood, concrete - known for the durability, become practical choices for areas used by stocking and bare feet. The floors also dry quicker when you wash them.
Energy Efficient - The average monthly cost for natural gas is half of what it costs to heat a comparable home with a forced air system. Heat is where your family is, not concentrated at the ceiling levels, and you can zone for room-by-room temperature control.
Quick and easy installation with many options are just a couple things going for you when you choose radiant heating.
We'll design and install a system that takes care of your cold floors, is priced right and helps you thoroughly enjoy your new kitchen, bathroom or any room.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. Is installation more expensive then traditional heating?
Yes, but the cost is not much more then adding a new zone of baseboard heating. For a new or existing room it can run between $300-$1000 more depending on the room. The comfort level is 100% better in addition to the energy savings you'll see.
2. What happens if there's a leak?
The installation process requires that the tubing always be installed 6-8 inches away from walls to prevent drilling or nailing of carpet into the tubing. There is a 25-year manufacturer's limited warranty against product defects in the tubing.
3. Is this just for new construction?
No, you can have an existing tile floor. As long as we can get under the floor from the floor below or the basement, we can do a staple-up system.
4. Is a radiant system slow responding.? Do you have to wait longer to get heat?
The heat doesn't come up as fast as forced hot air or other types of heating, but the concrete holds and conducts the heat. You can set your thermostat to 68 degrees and you'll find this to be the most comfortable room in the house.
5. Isn't copper tubing safer and longer lasting then plastic?
Often with a metal boiler, there usually is a high iron content in most water systems due to bad or improper solder joints. PEX tubing is far more superior partially because there are no solder joints needed and it is simply more durable.
6. Will it cost me more to run a radiant system; will my monthly energy bill go up?
No, actually, your energy bill will go down, usually saving you up to 20-40%. With a radiant heating system, you are normally running a water temperature of only 100-120 degrees. The floor and all the objects radiate heat which provide more comfort and warmth then any other heating system on the market. Additionally, the boiler size required for a radiant heating system is generally smaller then other heating system requirements.