DIY or looking for reliable experienced contractor with
references? Learn few basics first.
Always ask why and how. Forced air? Baseboard heaters?
How about a TRUE HYBRID SYSTEM?
Contrary to standard heating where lots of heat is put in one spot
and forced into the rest of the room - radiant floor heating works by equally
and gently spreading tiny amount of heat everywhere.
WITH STANDARD HEATING THAT'S WHERE THE HEAT IS:
HIGH, NEAR THE CEILING.
WITH FLOOR HEATING, HEAT
IS WHERE IT SHOULD BE: LOW AND THAT'S WHY LESS OF IT IS
efficiency needs to be mentioned when
comparing standard heating with radiant floor heating.
Heat loss is the greatest in the top half of the room. You
loose more heat with forced air heating than with any other system
since the heat rises and stays in the top half of the room where
nobody feels it anyway. (Perhaps except Mr.Spiderman and he is out most of the
time doing things Spidermans do while out). It goes to the ceiling, yet the
thermostat is only halfway there calling for more of it.
Radiant floor heating concentrates the heat in the lower half of
the room where the human body needs it most. This can allow you to set your
thermostat 2-4° lower and still be comfortable: thus lower heating