Hart & Iliff is the local distributor and installer for Roth, a leading manufacturer of radiant heat systems. You may have seen Underfloor Radiant Heating Systems featured prominently on the television series “This Old House." Underfloor radiant heat is the most modern, comfortable and efficient type of heat available today. It is a superior system which has been used extensively in Europe for many years. In fact, more than 60% of all new construction in Europe is heated with underfloor radiant heat.
Why is radiant heat rapidly becoming so popular?
Some of the many reasons are detailed below:
- Comfort – Radiant heat is the most comfortable form of heat, since (like the rays of the sun) it heats objects rather than air. The heat radiates to your body and you feel warm and comfortable. Unlike conventional heat, floors, rather than ceilings, are the warmest part of the room. This is particularly valuable in buildings with a cathedral or vaulted ceiling.
- Energy Savings – Because it is hydronic and utilizes low temperature water (90-140 degrees Fahrenheit), radiant heat is more efficient and will save 20-40% of the cost of heating with conventional methods.
- Quiet and Clean Operation – Radiant heat systems operate without any noise or sound. In addition, there are no drafts or air movement, so that dust and germs aren't spread around.
- Decorating Freedom – Radiant heat is much more attractive than conventional heat. There is no need to concern yourself with the location of radiation. The heat is out of the way, providing maximum freedom in designing a home or commercial building. It has particular application in areas with limited wall space or excessive heat loss, such as solariums, kitchens, entry ways or baths.
With a radiant heating system, each room can be placed on its own zone. It can be used with any type of flooring material and any type of heat source: oil, gas, wood, solar or electric. It can also be used in conjunction with conventional systems or outdoors to melt snow and ice on sidewalks, driveways, or parking areas. The potential applications for radiant heat are almost endless.