Find out how radiant flooring increases energy efficiency and reduces your spending.
Though radiant heat flooring can cost a bit more to install than forced air systems, the energy efficiency it provides is well worth the investment. Radiant floor heating allows the heat to build up and hold rather than just blow out like traditional heaters.
The amount of money you’ll save with radiant floor heating depends on where you live. For example, if you live where your chewing gum freezes in your mouth when you go outside and inhale, obviously, it will take more to heat your home. That being said, most homeowners (even those with freezing pink bubble gum bubbles) can achieve savings of up to and even a little over 30%. Commercial radiant flooring can have even bigger savings of up to 60% or greater depending on the building.
Radiant flooring works by using a hot water source that acts as a big radiator, reducing heat loss by 25%. Here are some additional ways radiant flooring can help you to conserve energy and cut costs:
- According to some studies by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), when people use radiant heating systems, they can actually be more comfortable at temperatures 6-8 degrees lower than with systems that use air to heat the home.
- You lose most of your heat with air systems because the air is blown up, then, as we all learned in science, the warm air rises to the top half of our house. Radiant flooring holds heat in the lower part of the house; therefore, we are kept warmer and are not constantly cranking up the thermostat because our nice warm air is floating above our heads.
- Water holds more heat than air. This means you can use a hydronic radiant system with a lower thermostat setting than a forced-air system, reducing your energy bill spending.
- When using an electric radiant floor system, you can also save on spending by operating your system during off-peak times, which often comes at lower rates. You do this by heating up your floor during off-peak hours (usually late and night and in the wee hours of the morning) and turning your system down during the peak hours of the day.
Another thing to consider if you are thinking about installing radiant flooring is your home’s air. Radiant heat is “healthy” heat because it does not blow your air all around your house—air that is naturally filled with allergens, dust, and other various particles. You will use fewer air filters in your home… and probably sneeze less too.
If you want to learn more about radiant flooring or have decided you are ready to install this source of heat in your home to increase energy efficiency, contact Griffin Heating & Air Conditioning today, or call 704-873-1749.