Energy Saving Comfort
A home heating system that warms living spaces without uncomfortable hot or cold air pockets.
In a radiant flooring setup, heat is supplied by hot-water tubes or electric wires underneath the floor. As the thermal radiation rises from below, it warms any object they come in contact with—which in turn radiates that captured heat. That means the air temperature can remain relatively constant while you stay comfortable because the warmth of your body is not stolen by surrounding surfaces.
The Advantages of Radiant Flooring
- More efficient than forced air heating because it eliminates duct losses
- Doesn’t distribute allergens like forced air systems can
- Uses less electricity than other systems.
Radiant heating is the best method to heat a building or a space because radiant energy heats objects evenly – similar to the way the sun heats the earth. In contrast, a forced air heating system blows warm air around creating a more uneven and harder to control heating system.
Recent A.N. Roth Radiant Installations
Here, an A.N. Roth team member attached oxygen barrier PEX tubing to steel mesh over Insul-Tarp® which was encapsulated in concrete to create an efficient radiant floor system in a Westport, KY basement.
This is called a sleeper system, where we installed oxygen barrier PEX tubing which was then covered by lightweight concrete up to the level of the 2x4s and then covered with hardwood flooring on top.
This is an application where a stairwell surrounded by a significant amount of glass required a heating source, so we installed radiant heat to be covered with stone on top.
Here we installed PEX aluminum PEX (PEX-AL-PEX) in a warmboard subfloor system, where they installed hardwood flooring over top.