Different Ways to Store Radiant Heat Radiant Floors

Radiant floor heating is becoming increasingly popular. Silent and hidden from sight, this system uses the entire floor area of your home as a heating device. Though they take time to bring up to temperature, radiant floors are not prone to large temperature fluctuations once they are fully operative. Though many systems use standard thermostats to control the input of heat, many people with slab floors find the reaction time too slow and use timers that work better and cost less than thermostats.

Because of its large mass and surface area, a radiant floor can be maintained at a lower overall temperature than would be comfortable with another system. These floors distribute heat evenly and put it at your feet, where it is most appreciated. The price of radiant heating is dropping as more people choose this system; it's now quite competitive with forced air systems. Most radiant floors use piped water as the heating medium, but air systems are also a possibility.


Many older homes use metal radiators, through which hot water is circulated.These are making a comeback today, with many interesting designs and applications. Because their surface area is limited compared to the area they must heat, radiators operate at higher temperatures than slab floors. Metal radiators distribute heat less evenly and take up valuable space. Still, if you have access to a supply of used or new radiators, they may be worth considering.


Radiant heating can be run through walls of appropriate mass. Some bale builders (particularly in Europe) pin their heating tubes to the bale walls and then use a thicker application of plaster to increase the thermal mass. Interior partition walls of masonry, earth, or other heavy materials can make excellent radiant heat sinks.

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