WHAT IS RADIANT FLOOR HEATING?

WHAT IS RADIANT FLOOR HEATING?

May 16, 2016

*BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. no longer offers radiant heating services. Check out our other heating services to find the perfect fit for your heating needs.

The heating season is over, and if your old heating system is worn out, then it may be time to consider a replacement. And if the traditional forced-air system found in many Teaneck, NJ homes doesn’t quite suit your needs anymore, there’s an alternative you can consider: radiant floor heating, which offers a number of benefits over older models. Now is the perfect time to consider an installation, with the winter months away and all the time in the world to make your plans. Here’s a quick summation of what the system is all about.

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COMMON REPAIR ISSUES WITH RADIANT FLOOR HEATING

November 23, 2015

*BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. no longer offers radiant heating services. Check out our other heating services to find the perfect fit for your heating needs.

Radiant floor heating represents an innovative departure from traditional boilers and forced air furnaces. Instead of heating the air in your home and using that to indirectly provide you with comfort, radiant heating relies on a series of tubes and coils installed beneath the floorboards of your home to provide direct heat. It warms your feet and furniture directly, eliminating problems like drafts and cold spots while still creating a cozy, comfortable environment to your home. Among the system’s advantages are a lack of repair issues, since it has few moving parts and most of the system is corrected. The bad news is that repair problems can still crop up from time to time. The good news is that you have a service in Bergen County, NJ that can help. Here’s a brief breakdown of some common repair issues with radiant floor heating that you should watch out for.

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HEATING UPGRADES TO CONSIDER THIS FALL

September 28, 2015

Fall is officially upon us and while Bergen County, NJ homeowners still have some mild days ahead of them, winter will be here before you know it. If your furnace or heater is on its last legs, now is the time to consider a replacement, or at least an upgrade to help you weather the cold months more readily. By installing or upgrading now, you can save a great deal of money on monthly costs, as well as providing a cozy and warm atmosphere for your home with a lot more efficiency. We’ve listed a couple of heating upgrades to consider this fall. If your heater is in need of some shaking up, these may be just the things you need.

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WHY SHOULD I INSTALL RADIANT FLOOR HEATING?

July 20, 2015

*BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. no longer offers radiant heating services. Check out our other heating services to find the perfect fit for your heating needs.

Summer is here in Bergen County, NJ, and that means homeowners are rightfully focused on their air conditioning systems. But it also makes the perfect time to prepare for the coming winter by upgrading or replacing your existing heating system. Among the options to consider is a radiant heating system, which installs coils beneath your floorboards to warm the room directly through the floor instead of warming the air like many heating systems do. It takes a lot of time and effort to install but the results are invariably worth it. “Why should I install radiant floor heating?” you ask. The answers are very illuminating.

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HOW RADIANT FLOOR HEATING IS INSTALLED

January 2, 2015

*BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. no longer offers radiant heating services. Check out our other heating services to find the perfect fit for your heating needs.

Radiant floor heating is a wonderful option for heating your home. Though it has been rather slow to gain widespread use in the U.S., radiant heating is becoming more and more popular as it is brought to the attention of homeowners. Since it isn’t as well-known as other, more traditional systems like furnaces, a lot of people remain ignorant of how radiant heating actually works. Let us explain the way radiant floor heating is installed, how it works, and why you should care.

INSTALLATION

The installation of radiant floor heating begins with inserting water pipes into the subfloor of each room that needs heat. This network of water pipes is then connected to a central boiler. Occasionally, the pipes in each room will terminate in terminals, like iron radiators or baseboard heaters.

The big consideration when installing a radiant heating system is what kind of flooring would work best with it. Generally, stone, concrete, or ceramic tile is the most compatible with radiant heating systems. Hardwood and vinyl floors can work as well, as long as they are properly conditioned for it.

OPERATION

When the heat is turned on, the boiler heats and distributes water throughout the house. As the water flows through the pipe network, the heat radiates through the pipes and out into the room. The heat is transmitted between solid objects, often beginning with the floor and spreading upwards into furniture and other objects.

ADVANTAGES

Radiant floor heating has a great many advantages, compared to forced air heating systems. Water is a much better thermal conductor than air is. A room heated by a water-based system, like radiant floor heating, heats up faster and stays warm longer after the system turns off. Radiant floor heating also avoids one of the biggest pitfalls of forced air systems: duct leaks.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that forced air systems lose as much as 30% of their heat on average to duct leaks. Since radiant systems don’t use ducts, they deliver almost all of their heat to the desired destination.

If you’d like to install a radiant floor heating system, call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. We provide heating services in Westwood.

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FAIR LAWN HEATING FAQ: HOW DOES RADIANT FLOOR HEATING WORK?

October 6, 2014

*BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. no longer offers radiant heating services. Check out our other heating services to find the perfect fit for your heating needs.

Radiant heating is gaining popularity as a more efficient alternative to traditional forced air heating systems. How do radiant heating systems actually accomplish this efficiency, though? Let’s take a look at how radiant floor heating works, and why you should consider upgrading.

PARTS OF A RADIANT FLOOR HEATING SYSTEM

The first step to installing a radiant floor heating system is to set small tubes between the floor and the subfloor in every room you want heated. These tubes are then connected to the boiler, which is usually in a garage or basement. The boiler heats water, then runs this hot water through the tubes set in the floor of each room. Heat radiates from these pipes, up through the floor and into the room. The heat is absorbed in turn by anything that is touching the floor, like couches and chairs. When someone walks across the floor or sits on the furniture, the heat is transferred to them. The air temperature itself is not affected all that much, but you still feel warm because you are interacting with the thermal energy in the room directly.

WHY RADIANT FLOOR HEATING IS SO EFFICIENT

This method of delivery is what makes radiant heating so efficient. Forced air systems typically lose a sizeable amount of thermal energy to duct leaks between the furnace and the vent. Radiant floor heating utilizes special watertight tubes to transport the hot water. As such, leaks are far less of a concern. This allows a much more effective delivery of heat throughout the house.

Radiant heating also has the advantage of heating a space much more evenly. Air flows can be affected by many factors, including drafts and the shape of a room. Radiant heating relies more on transferring thermal energy directly, thereby avoiding a lot of the external factors that could lessen the efficiency of a forced air system.

If you are interested in installing a radiant heating system, contact BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. We can install radiant floor heating anywhere in the Fair Lawn area.

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TEANECK HEATING GUIDE: BENEFITS OF RADIANT FLOOR HEATING

October 29, 2012

*BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. no longer offers radiant heating services. Check out our other heating services to find the perfect fit for your heating needs.

Radiant floor heating has been around since the Roman Empire. While radiant floor heating is not as common as traditional forced air systems, it provides efficient and even heating through your Teaneck home.

Higher Efficiency

Radiant floor heaters have been proven to reduce energy consumption when compared to other heating systems. Because radiant floor systems heat all of the objects in a room, including people. This means that with a radiant floor system, most people will feel comfortable at lower temperatures. Additionally, radiant floor systems reduce energy loss through the ceiling. By heating the air at the floor, the air will give off most of its heat before it reaches the ceiling.

Quiet and Invisible Heating System

Without the need for ducts and registers, radiant floor heating systems are invisible to you and your guests. This opens up your home because you don’t have to plan your furniture placement based on where the registers are. A radiant floor system has no ducts or fans which means that they are almost silent.

Reduce Allergens

Forced-air systems have been credited with blowing dust and allergens throughout people’s homes. Duct work can get dirty or clogged. Dust, bacteria and mold can accumulate in ducts and that gets distributed throughout your home.  With radiant floor heating, none of that happens because the heat is coming up through your floor.

If you have any questions about radiant floor heating and if it’s a good option for your home in Teaneck, call the professionals at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. today.

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