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What you need
to know about Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating:
Excerpts from CMHC's
About Your House Fact Sheets: Download the full fact sheet
by clicking here.
ago, the Romans used radiant floor heating in their bathhouses.
For centuries, the Koreans heated their royal palaces and
traditional homes in this manner. Today, radiant heating
technology has been improved and can be used in all or part
of our homes.
What is radiant floor
floor heating is a method of heating your home by applying
heat underneath or within the floor. Comparable to warming
yourself in the sun, this type of heating warms objects as
opposed to raising the temperature of the air.
There are three types of radiant floor heating:
hydronic, electric and air. This About Your House document
focuses on hydronic (water) radiant floor heating.
Brought to North America post World War II,
the first generation of North American systems met with several
mechanical failures. The introduction of carpeted floors reduced
the system efficiency. Today, significant improvements have
been made in both the heating component and the system design.
Hydronic radiant floor heating is a system
of plastic or metal tubes/pipes laid within a floor that carries
hot water into specific rooms or “zones,” dispersing
the heat through the floor surface (see Figure 1 - Hydronic
radiant floor heating tubing laid out in specific heating
pattern prior to concrete pour. Photo courtesy of Ready Mixed
Concrete Association of Ontario.).
cooler water returns to the heat source where it is reheated
and sent out again in what is known as a “closed-loop
system.”The pipes can be encased in a concrete slab,
a concrete or gypsum cement overpour, laid into thin grooved
panels that nail on top of a subfloor, or suspended below
a wooden subfloor using metal fins fastened under the floor
surface (see Figure 2 - Figure 2. Suspended in subfloor. Image
courtesy of Wirsbo Co.).The heat output is determined by pipe
spacing, water temperature, flow rate and floor covering.The
heat output must be calculated to meet the heat loss demands
of the home.
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