I’m Planning a Large House with High Ceilings and Lots of Windows—Is Radiant Floor Heating Practical?

March 15, 2018 12:15 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re planning to build a new home with the best of everything—high ceilings, hardwood floors, huge windows overlooking beautiful vistas, everything you’ve dreamed about in a home since you were a kid—and you’re looking for the best way to heat it, look no further than a radiant floor heating system. It is without a doubt the best way to heat most homes (especially homes for which geothermal heating is not a realistic option), and especially homes with high ceilings. Allow us to explain why.

Traditional forced-air heating systems heat your home from top to bottom, rather than bottom to top

The majority of the heat your forced air system puts out collects at the ceiling of your top floor. If you have a two- or three-story house, this means you have to use way more energy to keep your first floor heated than you would with radiant floor heating in Glenwood Springs, CO. The heat you have downstairs is just the heat that’s temporarily passing through until it is able to collect upstairs near your ceiling.

With radiant floor heating, the heat still rises, but it requires less energy to heat the first floor, and more of the heat remains and gently radiates out from the floor than with a forced-air system, where the heat, as air, simply rises immediately. With radiant floor heating, there’s the initial cost of the installation, but after that, your energy costs will be significantly lower for the life of your system.

Magically efficient

Forced air is not quite as “smart” of a way to heat a room. Forced-air systems just circulate air in the same pattern over and over, so the warm spots in your home are always the same, and the cold spots in your home are always the same. With radiant floor heating, heat is automatically attracted to the coldest parts of the room first, meaning it always goes where it’s needed. All in all, radiant floor heating wastes far less energy, while creating a far more pleasant environment to live in.

Much better for allergies

Forced-air systems can wreak havoc on the sinuses of allergy sufferers. The forced warm air dries out your sinus cavities and your windpipe and can make the experience of allergy sufferers that much more intense during allergy season. Radiant heat flooring turns your home into a safe space during the cold months.

Learn more about radiant floor heating in Glenwood Springs, CO

Radiant floor heating is often the best heating solution for new homes. It will save you money, make your home far more livable and is superior to forced-air heating in almost every way. If you’re building a home and are interested in radiant floor heating in Glenwood Springs, CO, we hope you’ll give us a call here at Garrett Hansen Plumbing Inc. We’ve built a reputation for being highly reliable and knowledgeable, and for having the best prices on heating systems around. If that appeals to you, give us a call today!

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