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Radiant Floor Heat Installation: Consulting With A Contractor

Jun 6, 2008
Your home is your refuge, and you want it to be a pleasant place at any time. You cannot properly enjoy your home if it gets too cold during the winter; you need your home to stay warm and cozy even during the coldest weather. Many Christmas cards depict people and their pets looking cozy and warm while outside, the snow is falling and the wind is blowing.

There are a many ways to heat your house. You can use a fireplace or wood stove to burn firewood. You can turn on your natural gas forced-air heating system. You can also utilize in floor radiant heat for extra luxury. Floor heating can be used alone or as an adjunct to your primary heating system.

If you should opt for in-floor radiant heating, the decision must be made as to whether you prefer to purchase a home that already includes it or whether you prefer to adapt your home to have it installed at a later date. It is important to be aware that radiant floor heat installation is both a costly and complicated process.

Forced-air heating arrangements are thousands of dollars less expensive than in-floor ones. Earlier, homes were almost impossible to adapt for this purpose because the tubes involved in these systems were enclosed in concrete. For this reason, dwellings having in-floor radiant heating needed to be planned to accommodate the heating layout. Nowadays, given the new developments in heating technology and up-to-date construction materials, one can place a radiant floor heat installation more simply and at a more reasonable cost either when the house is being built or at a later date.

Assuming your contractor will agree, a committed amateur can help cut the cost of radiant heat installation. Based on your contractor's design, you can install the radiant tubing by yourself which will save labor costs considerably. Then, you can let the contractor install the boiler and leave him to deal with the controls and piping.

During installation, work closely with your contractor who can consult with you on what kind of materials you should use for tubing. Choose from among the many available professional with the credentials to work with your radiant floor heat installation. As with anything else, you should ask others who they've worked with in the past and check your potential contractor's references. Carefully read and review any contracts before signing. It's quite possible to enjoy in-floor heating without going broke installing it.

Installation of a radiant floor heating system is accomplished by different methods, depending on whether you are installing the system in new construction, or upgrading an existing home. There are two types of installation: the "dry" installation method, and the "wet" installation method. Dry radiant floor heating is installed beneath a finished floor without material poured over the tubing. A dry installation uses panels mounted to the flooring, subflooring, or under the subfloor. The source of radiant heat transfer, which can be either electrical cables or tubing carrying a liquid, is then attached to the source.

Unlike forced-air heating, radiant floor heating will not circulate dust or allergens. It also reduces heat loss from infiltration. A forced-air heating system pulls the air from rooms, heats it, and returns it to the rooms. This pressurizes the house, causing warm air to exit through cracks and other openings. A home heated solely by radiant heat will not under pressure, so the heated air stays inside keeping your warm.
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There are many methods of heating your home, but one of the most luxurious is in-floor heating . Discover how comfortable and convenient radiant floor heating can be.
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