Radiant Heat Floor – The Things You Need To Consider

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by Harvey Bond
(Chicago, USA)

Radiant heat floor is different from the warm air systems that most people are used to. Unlike warm air systems, radiant heaters give off heat from the floor instead of through the air.

The radiant energy from the floor is transferred and absorbed by the objects touching the floor. This is a far cry from the convection heating process where in the air is the main agent that warms the entire room.

However, even with these in mind, you need to know the different things that you need to consider in order to know what type of heater is the best for you.

To help you with this, here three of the most important things that you have to consider:

The number of people that needs to be comfortable

The first thing that you need to consider when you are choosing the type of heater to use is the number of people that will be in the room. You need to know that there are different heaters designed specifically for different purposes.

If you want to use a heater and there is only a few of you that are inside the room, it is best that you use radiant heaters instead of convection heaters. This is because radiant heaters have the ability to make you warm earlier.

It will only take your radiant heater about 15 to 30 minutes in order to make the room warm. And since radiant heaters warm the objects touching it first, then you can feel much concentrated warmth.

The space that you plan to heat

One hundred fifty square feet is pretty much the maximum area that you can heat. Because most heaters can only go up to one thousand five hundred watts, they cannot effectively heat bigger areas. Another room dimension that you should be aware of is the room height – the higher the room, the harder it is to get warmed up.

For example, comparing the temperature of two rooms that are using the same heater, one with seven foot ceilings and the other with 8 foot ceilings, you will notice that the one with the seven foot ceiling will be the warmer one.

Health concerns

If anyone in your families have allergies or other similar health concerns, then you need to veer away from heaters that stir dust and other particles in the air. This means that the only logical choice would be to use radiant heaters while fan assisted heaters should definitely be out.

These three things are the most important factors that you need to keep in mind when you are choosing a heater. And when all things considered, there is no doubt that radiant heat floor is the best choice that you can make.

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Updated: August 31, 2013 — 11:01 pm

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