Hydronic Heating vs Electric Radiant Heating
The decision between choosing hydronic heating vs. electric Radiant heating for the warm floors in your home or business may be confusing, but below are some of the main advantages of using an electric radiant heating system for your home.
Radiant Heat floor heating warms your floors evenly because it uses 100% of the floor warming system's energy. A hydronic system, however, heats the floor less the further away the hot water gets from the boiler. Hydronic systems use only 65-85% of the system's energy. At higher elevations, electric radiant floor heat is still 100% efficient, where as hydronic floor heating systems are even less effective than at sea level.
Hydronic floor heating systems require annual maintenance in order to keep the underfloor heating running. The filters also need to be changed once a year when using hydronic heating. The radiant heat floor system does not need any maintenance to keep the floor heating cable running smoothly.
Whether you choose bathroom floor heating or any other type of in floor heating, the heating controls on radiant floor heating systems are easy to use and reliable. The thermostats for radiant floor heating are used to give you complete control of the radiant heat system for maximum heating comfort and minimum power consumption. Hydronic heating systems are difficult to control the temperature and often waste energy.
Radiant Heat installation is so easy you can even learn how to install the entire in floor heating systems including the in floor heating cables yourself. Installing radiant floor heat is simple, whereas hydronic heat installation is much more complicated, possibly requiring experienced technician or crew to install this floor heating system. Installing radiant floor heat is easy with Nexans cables because they are so thick. Thinner heating cables are more fragile and more likely to fail during in floor heating system installation. Sometimes these failures will not appear until after installation which means expensive, disruptive repairs to your radiant in floor heating system.
Radiant Heat Flooring only requires a simple minimal floor section height increase (approximately 3/8 " - 1/2"). However, hydronic heating needs more floor space so a large floor build-up is typical.
All of the radiant heat products are extremely safe because the heating cables are not exposed so there is no high-voltage, no hot surfaces and no combustible gases. Our radiant heat design requires that the radiant heat thermostats also have a sensor built into the Nexans heating cable to control high heat.
Radiant heat costs are very low due to the ease of installing electric radiant heating systems. Plus, you do not need to buy additional grates or wall coverings, which are necessary in some hydronic floor heating systems. Installing radiant heat can actually save you money by reducing the costs of plowing your driveway or sidewalk. Radiant heat for heated roofs and heated gutters make the ice removal process simple, while eliminating the costs and headaches associated with leaky roofs. Radiant heat design also controls the direction of the heat, heating the spaces in your home where heat is needed, rather than blowing hot air toward your ceiling.
Whether you need bathroom floor heating, driveway heating, heated sidewalks or any other floor heating, a radiant heat floor system is your easy heat solution!
All of our Radiant Floor Heating systems can be installed across the United States . For more information check out our City and State Locator Page.