Unlike most traditional home heating systems, radiant floor heat does not rely on ducted forced air to spread heat through a room. Radiant heat transfer occurs when elements within the floor itself are heated, circulating rising heat from the floor surface around the rest of the room in a process called convection. The floor can be heated in several ways: via air, electricity, or water. Home radiant floor heat systems are typically of either electric or hydronic design. The first of these can be installed as a separate layer, but electric systems most often use electric cables set in concrete because of its thick, heat-conductive texture that can store and radiate heat for hours after the initial heating process.
The hydronic or liquid systems utilize a boiler that heats water, which is then pumped through tubes in the floor or under the finished floor. The hydronic system is by far the most energy efficient and will typically cost somewhere between $10-$15 per square foot of installed area depending on sub floor material as well as finished floor materials used. Advantage Development Co. is an award winning custom green home builder in Asheville NC that has been building fine custom homes and winning awards for two decades now. Visit us today at http://www.advdevco.com/ to learn more.