Radiant heating systems supply heat directly to the floor or panels in the wall or ceiling of a building. The systems are dependent on radiant heat transfer. This is the delivery of heat directly from the hot surface to the people and objects in the room by infrared radiation.
Heating coils or water tubes are installed in the floor, walls, or ceilings to radiate heat into a room.
Radiant heating is the heat you feel from a hot stove's elements from across the room. Radiant heating located in the floor is called radiant floor heating, floor heating or underfloor heating.
This has several advantages. It is more efficient than forced-air heating and baseboard heating due to the elimination of heat loss through ducts.
It is also beneficial for controlling indoor air quality as it does not distribute allergens and toxins the way forced air systems can.
Floor heating depends heavily on convection, the natural circulation of heat within a room as the warm air from the floor rises. Radiant floor heating systems are significantly different from the radiant panels used in walls and ceilings.
There are three types of radiant floor heating systems:
- AIR-HEATED RADIANT FLOORS
- ELECTRIC RADIANT FLOORS
- HYDRONIC RADIANT FLOORS
Hydronic (liquid-based) systems use little electricity, a benefit for buildings in areas with high electricity prices. These systems use a wide variety of energy sources to heat the liquid, including standard gas or oil-fired boilers, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination of these.
Floor heating allows you to design your commercial property making the most of all the wall and floor space. Also, it works well with floor coverings such as laminate, tile, wood, carpet, stone, and more.
Radiant floor heating is an easy and energy-efficient way to heat your property. While the cost of installing radiant heating is higher than the installation cost of traditional radiators, there are various options available to suit your budget. Most importantly, floor heating provides substantial cost savings on your energy bills in the long run.
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