Getting out of bed on a cold winter day in Montana can be difficult. It’s even worse when you swing your legs over the side of the bed and feel your feet touch the ice-cold floor. More than an annoyance, a cold floor in your home can cause your furnace to run more than necessary, meaning your winter utility bills will be through the roof. Fortunately, radiant in-floor heating can combat cold floors and potentially lower your heating costs.
What Is Radiant In-Floor Heating?
Radiant in-floor heating uses a series of tubes placed under your floor to heat your floor’s surface. Most of the time, these tubes circulate hot water warmed by a central boiler. This closed system helps prevent waste and allows for fairly low energy input.
One reason that radiant in-floor heating is so efficient is that it takes advantage of the fact that heat rises. Since the heat from a radiant system comes from the surfaces at the bottom of a given room, these systems will heat your entire living space. Users of an in-floor heating system report to PJ's Plumbing & Heating that they use their central heating system far less than before they had a radiant in-floor system installed.
A Slow Burn
Radiant in-floor systems won’t heat your home in the same fast and intense way that a central furnace does. However, this “low and slow” approach to heating also contributes to the efficiency of a radiant heating system. While it takes a while for the system to reach its full heating capacity, it also takes quite some time to cool down. This means that the tubes that radiate heat will continue to do so long after the system shuts off and is no longer using energy, giving you “free heat” in the process.
Your Home Heating Experts
At PJ's Plumbing & Heating, our goal is for our customers in Bozeman, Belgrade, and the surrounding areas to stay comfortable during the coldest days of winter. That’s why we install and repair radiant in-floor heating systems, furnaces, and boilers. We also install and repair air conditioners and offer plumbing services. Our long-term commitment to excellence consistently earns us five-star customer reviews. To learn more about radiant heating, contact PJ's Plumbing & Heating today.