If you are building a home, you have the opportunity to customize it exactly how you want it. This means that you do not need to use a forced-air heating system if you do not want to. Here are a few advantages of in-floor radiant heat that you should know before you make a decision.
One of the problems with forced air systems is that they can create uneven heating in your home. Some rooms may feel hotter than others due to the location of the air vent to the air handler and overall airflow. Rooms can have hot and cold spots as well due to where the vents are located. This means that you can set the thermostat for your home and have varying temperatures throughout.
Radiant heat is going to create even heat throughout the entire home. This is all due to the grid of water tubes underneath the floor that evenly disperse the heat. The heat also radiates upward from the floor, so your feet are warm and your head feels cool. You won't find a more comfortable heating method out there when you compare it to in-floor radiant heat.
In-floor radiant heating can be powered by electric cables or hot water. When building a home, you are going to use a boiler that produces hot water, since it is very energy efficient. This is due to how well hot water retains heat, so you do not need a constantly running boiler to keep your home warm. Once the hot water has cycled through the pipes, that water can keep a room hot for a very long time.
A huge advantage of in-floor radiant heat is that there is no moving air to heat your home. This can help improve the overall air quality of your home because air is not causing dust to move around as the air travels through the ductwork and the air handler. You simply feel the warmth and do not need it blowing on you.
A perk of having in-floor radiant heat is that it utilizes zones to heat your home. You can decide where you want the zones to be located, and only heat the rooms that you are occupying. You can shut down the heat going to the first floor at night while you sleep on the second floor, or shut off the heat going to a guest bedroom when you're not using it.
For more information, contact heating installation professionals in your area.