If you plan to have floor heating installed in your home, you likely have some questions or two that you would like answered. It is important to have all of the facts upfront, so that you know you are making the right decision for your home. Below, we will explore some of the most commonly asked floor heating questions and hopefully, your questions will all be answered.
1. Is it possible for the floor to get too hot to handle?
No. Radiant floor heating systems are designed to keep you comfortable within your home and you never have to worry about the flooring heating up so much that you cannot step on it. In fact, it is unlikely that you will actually notice a big difference in the temperature of the floor, unless it is a very chilly day.
2. Does a floor heating system also cool the home?
No. You will need to have an air conditioning or cooling system in place to help handle the cooling of your home. While some systems can work to cool, they are not always as efficient because cool air is better as it heads from above to the ground whereas heat is better as it rises from the ground up. Also, cooling systems in the floor are not able to handle humidity as well and may cause a sticky or unpleasant feeling on the ground.
3. Can I have flooring heating installed in specific areas of my home?
Yes. You can choose which areas of your home you want to have floor heating installed. In addition, you can operate the sections that you want, when you want. For instance, if it is cold outside, you can activate the living room radiant heated floor and leave it turned off in any rooms that are not being utilized.
4. Can the heat from the flooring system damage my floors?
No. Radiant floor heating systems are designed with flooring in mind and they will not get too hot and they will never pose a risk to your flooring. You can have hardwood, tile, or even carpet over top of the flooring and you will not have anything to worry about.
5. What happens if a tube breaks in a hydronic system?
Typically tubes do not break in the system, but that is not to say it cannot happen. If it does happen, there is no risk to your system and the tube can be replaced easily.
6. Can I have carpet over my heated floors?
Yes. You can have carpet over your heated floors, but it is important to note that it may take longer to heat up than if you had hardwood or tile floors in your home.
If you are interested in floor heating for your home, the team at Heavenly Heat Inc. is here to help you. We are committed to answering all of your questions and hope that the questions above give you a better idea of how floor heating works and what to expect.