What You Need to Know About In-Floor Radiant Heating for Condos

We’ve recently purchased a 2 bed-room condo unit and decided to equip it with radiant floors. Now that winter’s approaching, we’ve since started using it. If you’re considering having one installed, let me share with you my own experience using this system.

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Benefits of Having a Radiant Heat System

It took about 24 hours before our floors reached the full setting but after that, it was able to keep our floors and home interior at a continuous 70-degree temperature. Perhaps the one thing I really like about the radiant heat system is that it’s very energy efficient. After being inspired by developers like Louie Santaguida, who is known for building and designing condominiums that are eco-friendly, sustainable and innovative, I decided that this kind of system would be a great investment for my home. Aside from being energy efficient, its other benefits include:

  • Invisible heat source. The tubing is laid underneath the floors and carries hot water through it to keep the slab warm, along with the whole space.
  • No noise. Unlike regular heaters, you don’t have to deal with the noise from the radiators.
  • Comfortable heat. The warmth you feel in your skin when you step on your floor always feels nice. Plus, it can heat our entire home in the same temperature level.

I’m excited to see our utility bill because I’m certain it’s much lower than the amount I used to pay in our old home.

Drawbacks

I can honestly say that having a radiant floor system is wonderful but it’s not without drawbacks. First of all, you’ll have to deal with expensive installation costs. If your condo is already equipped with this system, you’re very lucky! But for those who want to have this installed in their home, they have to really consider if the cost is worth it. Though if you ask me, I’d say YES in a heartbeat.

Another thing you need to take into consideration is that the heat is not instantaneous. As mentioned, we had to wait 24 hours before it reached the ideal temperature which means you really need to plan ahead of time when you’ll be using it. It’s not like you can just turn it on the moment you see snow falling outside your window. You’ll be freezing cold before it gets warm enough!

Final Thoughts

There are two types of radiant floor heating: electric radiant floors and hydroponic systems. Electric types use plastic mats that conduct heat and are more expensive. Meanwhile, hydroponic systems work by placing polyethylene tubing underneath the floor. This type of radiant floor heat can be used anywhere in your home and it can significantly lower your energy costs over time. No matter what option you choose, you can expect a radiant floor heating system to keep your home warm in cold mornings and boost the value of your property.