Radiant Floor Heating Service & Installation in Billings
Radiant floor heating is a fantastic whole-house heating system that can be far more efficient and cost-effective than forced air heating or other options. The idea is that the entire floor of the home is leveraged to heat the home rather than single strategically placed vents in the individually rooms.
Typically, either electric heating coils or water-heated tubes are installed under the floor of your home. This provides a consistent and steady temperature of heat throughout the home, rather than certain areas being warmer as with a furnace or other heating methods.
According to the US Department of Energy, a radiant floor heating system can cut monthly heating bills by up to 50%. Both existing and new construction homes can be fitted with a radiant floor heating system. It has been estimated by the American Lung Association that a radiant floor heating system reduces the presence of dust mites in the air by 80%, because the need for blown air has been eliminated.
For the most part, radiant floor heating systems can be divided into two categories:
- Electric radiant floor heating utilizes electric coils contained in heat conducting plastic mats. Unlike what you would find in an electric stove or space heater, these coils are usually made from copper and wrapped in a water-resistant resin.
The structure of electric radiant floor heating is similar to a large electric blanket installed under the flooring of your home.
Electric heating works best with floors that are made of ceramic tile, though it can be used with most any type of flooring including hardwood and carpet.
- If you are using a radiant floor heating system to heat your entire home, hydronic is the most cost-effective option. Another thing to consider though is new construction vs. existing.
While you can install a hydronic heating system into an existing home, it involves tearing up and replacing all of the flooring, which can be expensive. For this reason, hydronic is the best radiant floor heating system for whole-house new construction.
The initial cost of installing a hydronic radiant floor heating system is nearly twice as expensive as a traditional furnace unit. However, the long-term benefits with the hydronic system far outweigh those with a furnace.
In fact, a hydronic system will save you 40% on your monthly utility bill and will last up to 40 years, as opposed to the typical 25 years use you would get out of a furnace.
If you are interested in having radiant floor heating installed in your new or existing structure, call the experts at Brown Plumbing and Heating. For nearly 30 years our team has developed strong and lasting relationships with various contractors in the Billings area. We are known for providing exceptional service that is both on time and on budget.