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Radiant heating systems supply heat directly through the floor, wall panels or ceiling of your house. Better health is an important benefit of radiant heating. Radiant systems do not circulate dirt, dust, pollen or bacteria around the house. Unlike hot air systems, radiant heat will not dry out your breathing passages and will not cause allergies.
Electric radiant floors typically consist of electric cables built into the floor. Systems that feature mats of electrically conductive plastic are also available, and are mounted onto the subfloor below a floor covering such as tile.
Hydronic (liquid) systems are the most popular and cost-effective radiant heating systems for cold weather climates. Hydronic radiant floor systems pump heated water from a boiler through tubing laid in a pattern underneath the floor.
Electric Radiant Floor Material generally comes in lengths from 5′ to 80′ and runs in 12″/24″/36″ widths. A 25 sf floor area heated on 8 hours per day would cost about 20 cents (based on average 15 cents/kwh. Look up your power cost in cents on your electric bill and use your square feet to calculate). Hydronic Radiant Floor Systems initially cost a little more to install. However, they are more cost effective than forced air systems.
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