Basement Flooring Radiant Heat
Shaw's Laminate flooring goes perfectly with radiant heating systems. Our laminate flooring is approved for use over radiant heating systems. To help you achieve the perfect installation, we're giving you a few pointers before you get started.
A radiant floor is a bit overkill for most basements, and quite expensive if it's an above-the-slab system. European style flat panel radiators sized correctly for the load, running of the water heater (isolated with a heat exchanger) would be a fraction of the cost, and nearly as comfortable as a radiant floor.
Oct 18, 2016 · Yanic Simard, Houzz Contributor Radiant heat, also known as an in-floor heating system, can be a luxurious-feeling solution for a chilly space in your home or a smart overall strategy for heating
1. What is radiant floor heating? Invented by the engineering-savvy ancient Romans, who had slaves fanning wood-burning fires under elevated marble floors, radiant floor heating is an under-the-floor heating system that conducts heat through the floor surface rather than through the air (as in conventional forced-air heating systems).
The concrete slab installation is one of the simplest and most efficient ways to install radiant heat. While it is simple, it is very important to do it correctly. If it is not, you can have a floor heating system that is inefficient, costly to operate, and may not work at all.
That's the appeal of radiant floor heating, says This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, who has long been a fan. "It's truly invisible," he says. But a radiant heat system has more than just aesthetics going for it. It's also a highly efficient way to heat a house, increasing comfort as it reduces energy costs.