In Floor Heating vs. Forced Air Heating
How Radiant Floor Heating Works
- Hydronic (hot water)
Heated Floor Installation Methods
- Wet installation. This type of heated floor uses the large thermal mass created by a concrete slab over a wooden subfloor. Heating cables or tubes are embedded in the concrete. Wet installations are ideal for storing heat from solar energy because of the thickness of the concrete.
- Dry installation. This method involves sandwiching radiant floor heating tubing between layers of plywood. The tubing can also be attached under a subfloor or finished floor. Although dry installation can be less expensive, this heating system must operate at a higher temperature.
Tube Heating Application
Enjoy a Heated Floor in Basement Spaces
You probably already have an idea which rooms you want radiant floor heating installed in your house. Bedrooms and bathrooms are usually the first to get heated floors because that’s where you’re likely to walk barefoot.
- The type of installation you choose
- Your budget for radiant floor heating
- The location and size of your home
- Whether an existing radiant heating system is in place
- Room(s) where you want heated floor installation
- Floor covering
- Cost for subcontractors, if needed