Electric In Floor Heat
The floor heating systems market has been growing since its slow beginning in the fifties. It has certainly started to take off in the past 20 years, although when the majority of people picture infloor heating, they think of hydronic radiant floor heating, which uses hot water pipes installed beneath the floor.
Now this method, while particularly popular, has its own group of issues when it comes to the installment, which can be a long and costly experience. But there is a remedy to this, and that comes in the form of electric radiant floor heat. Used for particular rooms, patios and driveways, electric under floor heating is very easy and hassle-free to install, making it a very viable alternative to the hydronic variation.
Its basic principles are exactly the same as hydronic heating, which is that is warms the floor surface, which in turn heats the furnishings and the people above it, without having to warm the air at a source, and then establish an airflow to distribute the heat. Where it differs though, is the price. A rough quote of a standard bathroom comes to $500 for electric, whereas looking astatine hydronic heating power be in the 1000′s. The actual heating component for electric is also a lot easier to install, as it is just a thin pad which then lies on the floor just below your present one. As compared to the hydronic pipes that have to be set into concrete, and then the flooring of your choice on top, electric certainly wins in terms of convenience.
But what you do spend less on in terms of installation, you do lose out on in the long run. The concrete that hydronic systems ar set into keep their heat much longer than the electric pads, and using hot water is also more efficient on your fuel bills than using electric by itself.
All things taken into consideration, its wise to look at the pros and cons of each set up, before deciding which one would be best for you. For example, if you intend on installing a system in a particular room that is not used that much, you feel the warmth from an electric set up much more quickly than waiting for water to heat up, and the heat and electricity can be stopped just as quickly as it was commenced.