Radiant Floor Heating

There’s almost nothing worse than stepping on a cold floor in the morning as it startles, confuses, and irritates you. There are some easy fixes such as an extra three pairs of socks or strewing blankets all about your room as a precaution. Luckily the easiest solution might be right in front of you, or below you so to speak in the form of in-floor heating.

In floor heating sounds luxurious and comfortable but the product or concept is also very energy efficient. For those new to in floor heating or just looking for more information we present a brief introduction.

radiant heating

In floor heating or underfloor heating involves installing water heated tubing or electric heating coils underneath a home’s floors. The most common type of flooring associated with radiant heat is tile but there are systems that integrate hardwood floors, laminate, and even carpet. Since heat rises, the tubes or coils running through the floor not only feel warm on your feet and toes, but the floor in essence heats the entire room in radiant fashion.

To understand how efficient the system is, look at how a furnace only kicks out heat from a register that must fill the room but with radiant heating the floor is basically one giant vent. The process is also far from new as it’s been the preferred way of heating in Europe since the 70’s and evolved from the Ancient Romans use of pipes to warm their floors.

Radiant Heating Professionals

To many consumers the installation cost of underfloor heating seems insurmountable even though they’ve never actually researched it. Typically a process that adds comfort to the home while lowering bills comes at a hefty price but surprisingly in floor heating is very affordable.

Radiant heat feels the most comfortable at lower temperatures which enables you to lower your thermostat in the cold weather months. On top of that since the heat is distributed closes to where you live – the floor – your entire body will feel warmer without having to overwork your furnace. It’s true that electrical in floor heating systems will raise your electricity bills but the hydronic systems save both energy and fuel. Plus when the whole floor serves as a radiator, lower water temperatures are needed and the boiler will have a longer lifespan because it doesn’t have to work as hard.

In addition to radiant floor syste,s we also offer services for:

Radiant Heating Systems

While the types of flooring installed over top the underneath heating vary greatly, there are really only three different kinds of actual heating systems:

  • Hydronic Radiant FlooringThe most popular and cost-efficient model of radiant flooring is hydronic. With this system a boiler pumps heated water through tubes laid out underneath the floor producing a warm surface and air temperature in the room.
  • Electric Radiant Floors The electric radiant flooring is somewhat popular because it can be wired directly into your home and controlled on the same circuitry as lights, fans, and other power equipment. This type of radiant floor heating consists of cables mounted to the sub-floor below or mats of electrically conductive plastic beneath the actual flooring. Perhaps the biggest drawback of electric radiant flooring is it’s main advantage – the fact it can be wired to the house greatly increases the electricity bill.
  • Air Heated Floor SystemsAir heated flooring systems are not a very economical choice in residential installations because the air is a poor heat conductor. Air heated underfloor heating is rare because it basically lacks one of the main benefits of the system – cost effectiveness. Air heated floor systems become a little more practical when combined with solar air heating systems but only when warming up a home during the day, but the process does exist.
Beneftits of Radiant Heating
  • Increased comfort in the home
  • Enhanced energy-efficiency
  • Silent operation
  • Invisible installation
  • More efficient than baseboard heating
  • No heat loss via ducts (as with forced-air heating)
  • No allergens, as with forced-air systems
  • Hydronic radiant floor heating uses very little energy
  • Variety of energy sources (oil-, gas-, or wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination)

We do repairs of radiant floor heating as well as installation! When you need a heating and plumbing expert in Greater Vancouver, look no further than Three Points Heating & Plumbing. We're here for you 24/7, around the clock and we are happy to assist with your heating and plumbing needs. We have amazing office staff that can coordinate the process-seamlessly for our Radiant Floor Heating customers.

Our technicians are background checked, insured, expert Red Seal gas fitters from the lower mainland. Competitive prices & years of experience guarantee the best quality for your dollar.