Why concrete is ideal for radiant heat floors
Written: December 05, 2018
This year we have seen an increase in the concrete trend being incorporated in to homes. You are starting to see a shift in keeping things simple and bare with concrete floors. Everyone is trying to make their home look more sleek and modern. Concrete floors, no matter the finish you choose for them, will give you amazing benefits. They offer durability and easy maintenance.
There is one downside you should consider, concrete floors are colder on the feet. Sure you can add a couple of rugs and call it good. However, if you misplace your step you could be in for a cold surprise. Your solution is having radiant heat installed underneath your concrete floors. They are easy to have installed and improve your living space. Having a heated concrete floor is an option that will save your cold feet!
A radiant floor heating system radiates heat upward to the surface of the floor. To look at it in simple terms think of it like a stove top that warms the surface. Unlike a stovetop, radiant heated floors do not get too hot. The temperature of these floors is around normal body temperature. It’s perfectly safe to walk around the surface of these floors barefoot. Plus, they help control the temperature in the rooms.
There are two types of radiant heated floors: electric radiant floors and hot water (hydronic) radiant floors. You can install tubes that circulate hot water or electrical heating elements installed underneath to create heated concrete floors. Electric radiant floors consist of the electric cables installed to the floor. This kind of radiant floors allows the concrete to warm up and store the heat. Hydronic radiant floors pump hot water into the tubes and warm up the suface of the concrete floors. You can use thermostats to regulate the room temperatures. Both options are easy and simple to have installed.
Concrete is the ideal material for radiant floor heating. It’s a natural carrier of radiant heat because of its inherent thermal mass. As the water or electrical currents heat the floor, the concrete floors start to radiate the heat outward to the surface.
The benefits of a heated concrete floor.
With radiant heated concrete, you will have the benefit of living more comfortably. You will be able to enjoy not having to walk around cold floors. Every room in the house will feel much warmer and comforting. You’ll even start to notice no cold spots anywhere in the house.
Better air quality
If you are someone who struggles with allergies, asthma or other breathing problems, radiant heated concrete floors could be the answer to your problems. Unlike typical home heating, there is no infiltration of outside air. Radiant heating will provide your home with much cleaner air you can enjoy.
Are your looking to go green? Not a problem with radiant heated floors. It is considered one of the most energy-efficient options for warming up your home. It uses less energy to warm up your home than with having air-forced heating. Most furnaces use fossil fuels that can pollute the environment and the air you breathe.
Custom Concrete Creations is chosen to help facilitate projects because we are the preferred custom concrete floor company, not only in Omaha, but for the greater Midwest region. No project is too big or too small for our team of seasoned experts who use state-of-the-art equipment on each and every project. We help you achieve the look of your dreams and do not consider the job done until you are happy with the results. So give us a call or contact us for your custom concrete needs today!