Traditional furnaces were designed in a time when the government did not have regulations on the minimum efficiency of a furnace. Thus, an older furnace can be as little as 56% efficient. In other words, for every dollar you spend on heating your home forty-four cents are wasted. While modern furnaces can be as much as 98% efficient, you may consider going with a non-traditional option such as in-floor heating to get even better results.
How Does In-Floor Heating Work?
In-floor heating uses a boiler to heat water and then cycles the heated water through heating coils that are imbedded in the floor of your home. However, because a boiler and water lines are used, you will likely need to enlist the help of a plumber or heating contractor who is competent in plumbing to install your system. As for the boiler used to provide heating, modern gas-powered boilers are every bit as efficient as modern furnaces, so it might at first appear that in-floor heating provides no advantages over using a furnace. When you dig deeper, however, the advantages will start to appear.
Because a furnace only heats the air in your home, you may still have cold floors even if the air in your home is adequately warm. However, with in-floor heating, the heating coils will warm your floor first and then warm the air in your home as it comes in contact with the floors. Thus, if you suffer from cold feet, in-floor heating will ensure that you never have to cringe as you walk across your bare floors.
A second advantage to in-floor heating is that the water in the coils and the floors themselves will stay warm for some time after the boiler shuts off. This means that they will continue to heat your home even when the boiler is not running. A furnace will only pump hot air into your home while it is running. Thus, because the heating coils used in in-floor heating will provide latent heating for a period of time after your boiler shuts off, you can decrease your energy use because you will end up needing to use your boiler less often.
If you are remodeling an existing home or building a new home, you should at least look into using in-floor heating as a heat source. Sit down and talk with a plumber and/or a heat contractor to learn if in-floor heating is a viable option for your situation. For more information, contact companies like Bill Rhiner's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.Share
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