Feeling the Warmth with Hydronic Floor Heating

Toy house surrounded by snowEvery homeowner’s goal in turning a typical house into a comfortable home is being able to kick off their shoes comfortably in their four-walled enclosure. A safe, effective and versatile source of heat that delivers consistent warmth is a key element in creating a relaxing environment. The growing trend is turning to hydronic floor heating as an effective approach to achieve this goal.

Hydronic Floor Heating is Safe and Effective

Hydronic floor heating is a safe method of heat delivery because it works by warming rooms with heat transferred from warm water pulsating in a network of insulated tubes installed under the floorboards. This approach is preferred by more homeowners compared to conventional heating systems because it is cleaner―there is less entry of dust, pollen and other airborne pollutants from the air duct system into the room. Furthermore, the maintenance of duct systems and air filters may be too cumbersome and difficult for some homeowners. Hydronic floor heating requires little upkeep and upgrading even for growing families.
But is it safe to walk on, barefoot? Yes. The temperature of the water inside the insulated tubes that run under the floorboards are controlled for safe delivery of heat on floor surfaces. It’s set to gently warm the room but not to burn feet. Homeowners need to work closely with the heating professionals that installed their hydronic floor heating system in order to be guided on proper use, appropriate cleaning and timely preventive maintenance.

Hydronic Floor Heating is Versatile

Water has a high heat capacity compared to air. This means that in order to effectively warm a room, a smaller volume of warm water needs to circulate around the house compared to that of warm air. A simple apples-to-apples comparison is this: a hydronic floor system requires a ¾ inch insulated tube to convey warm water under the floorboards to effectively increase room temperature whereas a forced air system requires an airduct system with a size of 8 inches by 14 inches in order to match the warmth provided by the hydronic floor system.
Older houses need not worry about setting up a hydronic floor heating system. Snaking that ¾ inch flexible insulated tube under the floorboards is not at all tedious as compared to setting up that bigger and cumbersome air duct system for a conventional forced-air heating system. The boiler that warms up the water and the machine that moves the water throughout the house can be easily tucked away in a small cabinet in the basement.