American Services heating installation in Missouri knows that radiant heating systems basically involve supplying heat directly to the floors or to panels in the wall or the ceiling of your commercial building. These systems largely depend on radiant heat transfer, the delivery or transfer of heat directly from a hot surface to the people and objects in the room this is called “infrared radiation”
There are a number of advantages associated with radiant heating. Far more efficient than baseboard heating, and generally considered more efficient than forced air heating, radiant heating has no energy lost through the ducting system. This lack of moving air can also be advantageous to people with allergies. Hydronic or liquid based systems use little energy. Ideal for those homes off the power grid or high energy rate locations.
These systems can be heated with the wide variety of energy sources including standard gas and oil, wood fired boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination of all or some of these.
There are three types of radiant floor heat:
1. Radiant air floors
2. Electric radiant floors
3. Hot water radiant floors
these three radiant heat processes can be broken down further into type of installation.
1. Wet installations
2. Sandwich installations
3. Dry installations
Air heated radiant floors;
because air is incapable of containing large amounts of heat
Radiant air floors are not cost effective in residential applications. Solar heating systems can be used to offset these inefficient methods.
Electric radiant floors;
Electric radiant floors consist of electric cables built into the floor itself. Systems that feature mats of electrically conductive plastic are also available on the market and are mounted onto the subfloor below a floor covering such as linoleum or tile.
Because electricity is involved the relatively high cost of energy should be considered before selecting this floor heating design.
Hydronic systems are by far the most popular cost effective radiant heating systems. Radiant floor systems pump heated water from a boiler thru tubing laid in a pattern underneath the floor. In some of these systems the temperature in each room is controlled by regulating the flow of hot water through each loop. This is accomplished by a network of zoning valves or pumps and thermostats.