Radiant heat flooring isn’t a mere decadent luxury. Typically consisting of flexible PEX tubing embedded in flooring to circulate heated water, radiant heat systems can actually help homeowners comfortably use less central heat – saving money by reducing overall energy consumption.
According to the National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) article “LSC Members Provide Green Heating Choices for Energy-conscious Consumers,” radiant floor heating systems allow homeowners to be comfortable at temperatures 6 to 8 degrees lower than the homeowners who use forced heating systems, based on studies conducted by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Since heated air typically rises up to ceiling level, radiant heat floors help distribute heat more evenly.
Another benefit of heated flooring? You may enjoy better indoor air quality in your home. Dust isn’t blown around as it is with a central heating system, and there are fewer places for allergens to accumulate. Just ensure that your flooring doesn’t contain any chemicals that may be released into the air at higher temperatures. And remember that materials like cork flooring with excellent thermal insulation will actually impede the effectiveness of radiant heat.
Learn more at the National Association of Home Builders website.
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