The comfort of radiant heat in floors is becoming increasingly popular with homeowners across the country – even for people in warmer climates. Imagine the comfort of stepping onto a temperate tiled bathroom floor in the morning or feeling the warmth from the kitchen floor as dinner is prepared.
Beyond its comfort, radiant heat has many advantages.
For one, the water in a hydronic radiant floor system has the capacity to transport energy 3,500 times greater than air, so it can heat using less energy than a forced-air system, making it much more efficient than baseboard or forced-air heating.
Secondly, radiant can draw from various energy sources – from standard gas boilers to solar water heaters to geothermal systems.
Thirdly, radiant heat eliminates drafts that are more common in homes using traditional heating methods and it operates silently beneath the floor. And for families suffering from allergies, a radiant heated floor eliminates the need for blowers that circulate dust and allergens into the air.
Uponor is providing the comfort of radiant heat in the Green Builder Media’s VISION House® Los Angeles 2012 and here’s how it works:
Heated water is pumped from a boiler through tubing laid in a pattern underneath the floor. The temperature in each room – or zone – is controlled by regulating the flow of hot water through each tubing loop. This is done by a system of zoning valves and thermostats.
It is simple, easy and oh, so comfortable.
To learn more about Uponor and how a radiant floor heating system works in a home, visit www.uponor-usa.com/radiant.
Posted: 9/27/2011 10:25:06 PM by
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