Everything You Need To Know About Floor Heating Systems

Posted on: 30 October 2015

Floor heating systems are not a new invention. In fact, this type of heating has been around since Roman times. It basically heats a room through the floors instead of the air, as is the case with traditional heating systems.  The best thing about any floor heating system is that it's going to be more efficient. Heat rises so heating via the floor is an incredibly efficient way to warm up a building.

Different Types of Floor Heating Systems

There are two main types of floor heating systems. One is hydronic floor heating, which is done via pipes that carry hot water. The other is electric floor heating, which is done through electric wires beneath the floor surface.

Hydronic Floor Heating

Hydronic floor heating is a cleaner, more efficient way of heating. It will cut down on your heating bill significantly and tend to last longer than traditional heating. It's also extremely eco-friendly. However, it is more expensive to install than other heating methods.

This type of heating is installed through pipes under the floor, which are connected to some type of heater. This heater warms up the water running through the pipes to give you the heat in the floor. There are many options for water heaters, one being solar water heaters. When you combine that with water as your heating resource, you have a completely renewable heating method.

Electric Floor Heating

The main advantage of electric floor heating is that it's much less expensive to install than hydronic heating. However, as with anything that runs off of electricity, it is not as efficient which means that it is more expensive to run.

Electric floor heating can run more efficiently with the option of using a thicker floor material such as concrete. The concrete flooring will retain heat so it stays warm after you've cut the heat. Also, some electric companies will give you a cheaper rate for non-peak hours, meaning you can heat the floor during these times and turn it off for peak hours for a less expensive heating bill. 

Flooring Material for Floor Heating Systems

As mentioned above, there are certain types of flooring that work better with floor heating systems. You will want to find a material that has heat regulating properties such as concrete, natural stone, or ceramic tile. These types of floors hold heat well and don't get damaged by high temperatures.

Overall, there are many benefits to floor heating systems. Some are more efficient or expensive than others, but all heat your house in a more productive manner. You may be limited on flooring types, but you'll have to decide if it's worth it for your particular situation. If you have any questions, consider discussing different options with a local professional in plumbing and heating.