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How To Save Money When You Install Radiant Heating

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If you're fed up with high power bills in the winter and your house feels too chilly, then you may want to install radiant floor heat. It warms the entire floor so heat wafts up towards the ceiling and warms the whole room uniformly. Plus, you'll never have to put up with walking barefoot on cold floors again. Radiant floor heat is energy efficient too, so you'll stay warmer and pay less on your power bill. Here are a few ways to further reduce the expense of radiant floor heat.

Install The System Under Your Existing Floor

If you have a basement or crawl space, you can save a lot of money by installing the heating system on the underside of your current floor. This is an extremely easy process. The contractor simply staples the mesh holding the wires or tubes to the underside of your floor and then adds a layer of insulation to cover it so the heat flows up through the floor rather than down into the basement. If your home is built on a slab, you won't have this option. If you have a slab or if you don't want to put the heating system under your current floor, you'll have to install a floating floor or rip up your old floor and install flooring with radiant heating built in. Installing a new floor adds to the cost, so if you want to save money, consider having the system installed under your existing floor.

Go With Hydronic Heat

When you install radiant floor heat, you first have to choose between electric and hot water heat. If you go with electric, the system you have installed contains cables that heat the floor. This uses a lot of electricity, which means your power bills are higher when compared to a radiant heating system that uses hot water to heat the floor. A hydronic heating system uses tubing that carries hot water along the floor to warm it. The water can be heated by a boiler, hot water heater, or tankless water heater. If your water heater is powered by gas, you will further save money since gas is usually a cheaper energy source than electricity.

Choose The Right Floor Covering

To get the most heat transfer from the radiant heating system, you should consider the type of flooring you install. Stone floors are ideal for soaking up heat and releasing it into the room. Carpet, on the other hand, acts as insulation and can reduce the amount of heat you get from your system. If you currently have carpeting, you may want to pull it up and replace it with laminate, vinyl, or tile so you get the most benefit from floor heating.

Another thing you can do to save money on installing a new radiant floor heating system is to confine it to a specific area of your home. You may want to heat the family room or your child's bedroom only. You can keep one or two rooms in your home nice and cozy with radiant heat and let the HVAC you have now control the climate in the other rooms. You may be able to reduce the temperature in the other rooms and use them less often when it gets very cold, and that may help you save money on your power bill too.

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6 February 2017