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Radiant Floor Heating

Definition: Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating is a highly efficient heating system that involves heating the floor with electric tubes or a hydronic (hot water tubes) system beneath the floor boards. The way it works is that heat is delivered directly from the floors, warming up any objects (furnishings) or people they strike, which in turn radiate that heat. It is more efficient than traditional forced-air heating because no energy is lost through the air ducts, and hydronic systems use little electricity and can also be heated by a variety of energy sources. Since heat rises, it also makes sense to have the heat source at floor level, instead of in elevated vents.

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eliepoo eliepoo 8 years
it's weird. this concept has been in homes in korea for as long as i can remember. i'm surprised it's taken so long for it to come to the states.
aphill4 aphill4 8 years
I'm with foxie--any of you fancy ladies that already have or are getting them mind sharing with us the approximate digits involved in getting them?
98769876 98769876 8 years
This is being installed in our home that is being built right now. I've heard many great things about radiant floor heating. I'm excited to actually experience it.
pinkerbell03 pinkerbell03 8 years
In my grandparents house (the house I grew up in), we had radiant heating in the floor. It worked great. And then it broke. SOOOOO expensive to fix!
prettywarrior prettywarrior 8 years
This sounds awesome.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
My parents have this in their house. It's soooo nice in the winter!
macgirl macgirl 8 years
We have this in all of our downstairs living spaces embedded in our finished concrete floors. The concrete stays warm and the room always feels the right temperature. So far we haven't had to really crank it up (we have it set to a low temp so the concrete floor doesn't ever feel cold or clammy) as we are still having fairly warm weather in So Cal.
demure20 demure20 8 years
Everyone, get heated floors! We have them in the foyer, hallways and throughout the kitchen and nook. It really warms up nicely and feels so great on my bare feet!!
foxie foxie 8 years
I want this... any general figures as far as cost?
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
Sounds pretty freakin awesome to me, but does it work? As in, actually keeping your house warm?
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