Choosing Radiant Floor Heat: Hydronic Vs. Electric Radiant Heat

Blog

When it comes to radiant floor heating, you have two main choices: hydronic and electric. The former uses water heated by a boiler or hot water tank to heat floors and the latter uses electricity. As with all things, there are benefits and drawbacks associated with each type of radiant heat. If you want to install radiant floor heat, but aren't sure what type is best for you and your home, this article will help you by outlining the main differences between the two types of heat. 

Benefits

Hydronic radiant heat has many benefits. It maintains humidity levels much better than dry, electric heat, which makes your home, and your skin, more comfortable. It is also quieter than electric heat since you can't hear the system kick on or off. Hydronic heat is very efficient and it can be used in all homes regardless of their fuel source. 

Electric radiant heat is inexpensive and easy to install, especially if you're putting it in before your flooring goes down. However, it is more expensive to operate than hydronic heat. This type of floor heating considered to be more efficient than forced-air systems and can help you reduce your overall energy costs. 

Cost

The installation of hydronic heat is a little more involved, so it is more expensive. It can cost up to $16 per square foot to install hydronic floor heating. Electric radiant heat can cost up to $12 per square foot to have professionally installed. However, it is simple to install, so many people choose to tackle the project on their own. Materials for the job can cost up to $7 per square foot. 

Considerations

Since electric radiant heat is more expensive than hydronic heat to operate, it is usually used in small spaces, such as bathrooms. It is also easier to retrofit, which makes it ideal for remodeling projects. When an entire house is outfitted with radiant floor heat at the time of construction, a hydronic system is often used. It is much easier for plumbers to run the necessary pipes through the whole house at the time of construction. 

As you can see, there are several things you should consider while deciding between hydronic or electric radiant heat. If you're not sure which way to go, ask your contractor. They will be able to tell you what type of heat is best and most efficient for your project. Contact a company like Buchner Bernie Inc to get started.

Share

3 October 2016

Learning About Plumbing Repairs

Hello, I’m Melanie. Welcome to my site about plumbing repairs. When I went on vacation last winter, the pipes beneath my house burst during a cold snap. I did not notice the problem until the weather warmed up and the pipes started leaking an immense amount of water. I had a plumber come inspect the crawlspace under my home to find and assess the problem. The broken pipes had to be replaced to rectify the issue. My site will cover all sorts of plumbing problems and repairs in detail to help you deal with similar situations. Some of these will be DIY, but others you'll need to know when to hire a professional.