Radiant Floor Heat

Radiant Floor Heating Systems

One of our favorite kinds of projects is installing Radiant Floor Heating Systems. RP Carder Mechanical are expert installers of systems in both residential homes and commercial buildings.  It can be installed in existing homes and buildings, as well as new.

Radiant floor heating has a number of advantages that make it an efficient and effective choice for our cool and cold Michigan weather:

  • It’s more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because it eliminates duct losses.
  • It’s an excellent option for people with allergies because it doesn’t distribute allergens like forced air systems can.
  • Hydronic systems use very little electricity, making them cost effective as well as a a good option for homes off the power grid.
  • Radiant floors just feel good! Most families who have radiant floor heating love it.

Hydronic (liquid) systems are the most popular and cost-effective radiant heating systems for cold climates like Michigan. Hydronic radiant floor systems pump heated water from a boiler through tubing laid in a pattern under the floor.  A lot of flexibility can be built in to control the flow of hot water through each tubing loop by using zoning valves or pumps and thermostats to regulate room temperatures.

A Note on Floor Coverings:

Ceramic tile is the most common and effective floor covering for radiant floor heating, because it conducts heat well. Other commonly used floor coverings like vinyl, linoleum, carpeting, or wood can also be used, but any covering that insulates the floor from the room will decrease the efficiency of the system.  Carpeting can be used, but a dense padding and as think of a carpet as possible is recommended in order for your system to operate at optimum efficiency.

Viega Radiant Floor Systems

Whether installing radiant floor heating to a new or existing home or building, RP Carder Mechanical prefers the Viega product line.  Viega has been in business over 100 years and the leading global innovator in the industry.  The products are superb,  and we have an excellent relationship with the company and they provide great customer service.

We think you’ll agree.  The company video below is long, but informative.  If you’re interested in learning more, check it out or visit their website at Viega.net

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