The Different Methods of Radiant Floor Heat Installation

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Radiant heating systems are becoming one of the most desirable forms of heat in the home. They are renowned for providing a comfortable level of heat with minimal energy usage. Radiant floor heating does not decrease air quality like traditional fan-based systems. It also heats a room from the ground up so that everyone in a room will become warmer much faster. There are several different ways to install a radiant heat system in the floor. Some can be retrofitted into an existing home while others are best installed during new construction. There are four basic types of installation available.

Wet Installations
A wet installation means that the tubes or cables that are being used are placed directly into concrete or plaster while the floor is wet and still being formed. This technique was one of the first modern methods of installing this type of heating system. The advantage is that the radiant system is protected by the concrete or plaster. Concrete also helps to distribute the heat evenly throughout the room over time although it takes longer to warm initially. A wet installation is sometimes the only option that is available for homes that do not have basements.

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Dry Installations
A dry installation uses the space beneath the subfloor to hold the cables or tubes of the radiant floor heating system. The tubing can be attached to the joists with braces in some instances although it is more common to drill holes through the joists for the cables. Some type of insulation must be installed to maximize the effect of the heating system. The air beneath the floor becomes very warm and then transfers the heat to the room above. This requires more energy than other types of installations. It is the most effective option for homes that are already built and that are converting to radiant heat.

Subfloor Installation
Another way to install radiant floor heating is to use a special type of subflooring. This process involves replacing the subflooring with special panels that have been preformed or carved to accept the cables or tubing that will be used. The radiant system sits directly beneath the floor covering in this instance. The transfer of heat is much more direct and the system is able to use less power to warm a room. The subfloor panels that are used frequently have some type of reflective insulation included in the design so that all of the heat is directed upwards.

Solar Installation
Some homes can have a solar radiant heating system installed. This requires the installation of solar panels on the roof. Alternately, a solar hot water system could be installed that uses sunlight to heat a tank of water located on the roof. The water is heated by the sun and then directed into the home usually to an insulated water tank. A pump drives the water through the tubing that has been placed under the floor. Solar radiant heating systems can heat the home efficiently while using less energy than methods that rely solely on electrical power. The drawback of a solar installation is that some electricity is required to heat the water if there is not enough sunlight available.

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Rizwan Ahmad
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This article is contributed by Radiant floor heating and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of myfoodforu blog He is a blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on  the different topics related to humanity,

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