Debunking Three Common Myths Regarding In-Floor Heating Systems

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Debunking Three Common Myths Regarding In-Floor Heating Systems

30 November 2020
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog


When looking for heating solutions, it is always a good idea to talk to different experts. Going solo often leads to poor decisions regarding cost, suitability, and performance. In-floor heating has been gaining popularity among modern homeowners compared to other systems. However, many homeowners still do not understand underfloor heating, mainly due to the many myths surrounding it. This article highlights and debunks three of the most common myths associated with in-floor heating.

Takes Long to Warm Up

One of the reasons why some homeowners are reluctant to replace their furnaces with underfloor heating is the belief that the latter takes longer to heat a home. They are used to heat radiators, which blow hot air inside a house once turned on. However, in-floor heating works pretty fast. In-floor heating pipes are not placed in cement screed. Rather, they are laid directly on top of the insulation plate. When turned on, the heating mechanism works fast, enabling you to warm up any room in a matter of minutes. For instance, if you have a tiled floor, it will take as little as 20 minutes for an in-floor heating system to warm the entire room.

Promotes Stale Air

Some homeowners believe that underfloor heating solutions produce stale air since they lack a ventilation system. However, it is false because proper ventilation is mandatory for all HVAC systems installed in a house. Moreover, installing in-floor heating does not exempt you from building codes and standards regarding adequate ventilation. In fact, underfloor heating allows you to take full advantage of dedicated outdoor air systems. Besides, while air circulation is a factor for thermal comfort in underfloor heating systems, it is not a prerequisite. Therefore, as long as your home is adequately ventilated, you do not have to worry about stale air.

Restricted to the Floor

From their name, you would not be wrong to conclude that in-floor heating systems can only be installed in the floor. Therefore, most people are surprised to learn that underfloor or radiant heating systems go beyond the floor. For example, if you want maximum heating, you can install heating pipes in walls, especially if they are constructed from wood. You can also install the system in the ceiling. The versatility of underfloor heating systems stems from the fact that the solution does not take up significant space. Therefore, homeowners can perfectly integrate in-floor heating into any interior décor.

Reach out to a professional for more information about in-floor heating.