Radiant Floor Heating Service & Repairs
If you’re tired of adding more rugs to the floor during the winter, a radiant floor heating system may be the solution. Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. has helped many homeowners complement their HVAC system or installed a new in-floor heating system during new construction. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!
Types Of Radiant Floor Systems
Radiant floors provide heat to a room by relying on heat’s natural ability to rise from a hot surface, in this case, the floor surface. The main type of radiant floor heating system is hydronic radiant heating which uses a boiler or water heater to heat the floor. Most systems are covered with ceramic tile due to the tile’s added thermal storage and heat conductivity.
This type of radiant floor heating is great for supplementing heat in a small space, such as a guest room or home office. A grid of cables is installed between the floor and subfloor and connects to the electrical source in the home. Most electric floor heating turns on and off with a timer but some systems rely on a pre-programmed thermostat. Yet, this system isn’t meant to provide whole house warmth but instead take the chill from the flooring.
Hydronic Radiant Heating System
Unlike the other floor heating options, systems that utilize hydronic (fluid) technology are energy and cost-efficient. They heat floors via hot water pumped through tubes installed under a floor. In addition, they come with valves and pumps for controlling water flow which makes it easier for homeowners to regulate room temperature.
Air-Heated Radiant Heating System
Air-heated radiant floors are often powered by a combination of solar power and traditional forced air methods, such as a furnace. But, this type of radiant heating is unable to efficiently and effectively deliver heat as the air quickly cools before the effects are felt by occupants of the home.
What To Consider Before Radiant Flooring Installation
With a wet installation, cables or tubing are embedded in the material overlying the subfloor, such as concrete or gypsum. The carrying capacity of the floor should be considered before installation begins as the heating system will increase the overall floor weight. This technique allows you to take advantage of a thermal mass, such as a concrete slab floor, to act as a heat-carrying medium during installation.
Dry installations involve placing cables or tubing in the airspace between the floor and subfloor. This technique has gained popularity due to its ease of installation and cost-effectiveness. Depending on how the cables or tubing are placed, reflective insulation and/or heat diffusers may also be used to amplify the radiant heat.
Benefits Of A Radiant Floor Heating System
Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. works with each homeowner to design a system that meets their individual needs and provides years of benefits such as these:
- Out Of Sight: Unlike traditional heating systems, radiant heating is neatly and strategically tucked away from view.
- Quiet Operation: The only part of the system that produces noise when operating— usually a boiler or burner — is placed away from occupied spaces.
- Improved Indoor Air Quality: Without a blower or fan pushing heated air into a room, radiant heating warms the space minus the distribution of dust, pollen, and other allergens.
Common Repairs With Radiant Floor Heating
Though radiant heating systems usually have lower maintenance costs and a longer functional lifespan than a traditional forced-air heat source, some repairs may be necessary.
Electric Radiant Heating
Damaged Cables & Mats
Cracked flooring, placing heavy furniture or objects on the flooring, and/or home renovations are common causes for damaged cables and mats. Because of the safety risk associated with the electricity, if your system is damaged, call Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. immediately for repairs.
Tripped Circuit Breakers
If the circuit breakers trip on a regular basis, you’ll likely need to upgrade the electrical box in the home. This type of radiant heating doesn’t consume a large amount of electricity when properly installed.
Hydronic Radiant Heating
Circulator Pumps & Zone Valves
The system will stop working if the circulator pump or zone valves break. When the breakdown occurs, the water flow inside the piping quickly diminishes which affects the amount of radiant heat produced.
This issue happens when air bubbles develop in the piping and stop the regular flow of hot water from the boiler.