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The Two Types of Radiant Heating


You may have heard the term “radiant heating” thrown around at one point or another, as radiant heating has become a very popular option for a lot of homeowners. What you may not know is that you have a couple of choices when it comes to radiant heating. However, no matter which choice you opt for, it is imperative to hire a company with experience to handle the installation. The heating pros from Design Air, Inc., have years of experience with both kinds of radiant heating systems, so call us when it’s time for installation at your home in New City, NY.

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The Types

When it comes to radiant floor heating, you have two choices: electric or hydronic (hot water or steam). Each can heat your home effectively, but each delivers heat differently.

Electric Radiant Heating

Electric radiant floor heating uses electric cables to generate heat. The cables can be embedded in wet cement to create a radiant slab (known as a “wet installation”), laid out in a serpentine pattern directly onto sub-flooring, or be part of a mat which has electrically-conductive plastic. Heat is generated when the cables are electrified, and the floor acts as a radiant slab that heats your home.

Hydronic Radiant Heating

A hydronic radiant floor system uses hot water or steam to heat your home, so with this type of system it is necessary to have a boiler. Hydronic radiant heating systems use flexible, durable PEX tubing to distribute the hot water or steam that is generated by the boiler. These tubes can be installed directly onto subflooring or installed via a wet installation. The hot water or steam flows through the tubing and when the water cools, it returns to the boiler for the next heating cycle.

If you are looking to have toasty, warm floors during the winter months, radiant heating is the way to go. Give us a call today!