Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Under-Floor Heating

I spent New Years Eve with a family from my church yesterday.

In the lounge they had under-floor heating. It was lovely and warm.

If I had not taken my shoes off at the door, I am sure my feet would have been drenched in sweat.

Under-floor heating is quite common in shoe-removing South Korea.

I am sure under-floor heating is expensive, but it does go really well with having a shoes-off policy.


shoeless Bob said...

hope that you had a good time last evening...I was once in a home with under floor heating...it was very nice!!! I believe that it is expensive and needs to be installed when the home is built. I would also think that any repairs to the pipes would be a major undertaking...thanks for the hint about signing in
Shoeless Bob

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I dare say it would be a big deal.

Sacramento Bob said...

I have hydronic heating (AKA radiant heating, under-floor heating) in my home and it really is terrific...even with shoes on! And no, it doesn't make your feet sweat inside your shoes; the circulating water is only about 85 degrees as it enters the system. While it's great to walk barefoot on a warm stone floor in the bathroom each morning, I continue to put my shoes for the balance of the day.

Shoeless Bob, the tubing that's used is called PEX and it has a 50 year warranty, although most people acknowledge that it will likely last far longer than that. Sometimes it's embedded in a home's concrete slab floor, sometimes attached to the underside of a sub-floor and sometimes embedded in a light-weight concrete layer laid atop the sub-floor (mine is installed this way).

In warm regions like mine where air conditioning is a requirement, hydronic heating is more difficult to cost justify because you have to install ducting for the A/C and adding a furnace to that system is a nominal additional expense. But hydronic heating has great advantages: it's silent, prevents heat from rising to the ceiling, warms your extremities (important for old folks) and is considered more energy-efficient than forced air systems.

Sacramento Bob

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks for the info, Sacramento Bob.