As long as there have been floors, homeowners have loved them to be warm. Today, in-floor heating options are plentiful and have gained popularity once again.

Radiant or in-floor heating, warms the floor to help heat the home rather than heating the air the way a furnace does. Available in three options, hydronic, electric and air, the type of in-floor heating you choose for your home will depend on many factors, including whether or not you’re building a new home, adding in-floor heating to an existing home and flooring or laying new floors.

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Let’s start with hydronic or water floor heating, which involves a system of pipes laid beneath the flooring, carrying hot water to each room and spreading heat throughout the floor. A closed-loop system has the used, cool water return to the heat source where it’s reheated then pumped out again. In new homes a hydronic in-floor heating system can be encased in the concrete slab, while older homes can have it added beneath a wooden subfloor, making it appealing to many homeowners.

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Electric floor heating is a popular choice for stone floors as they’re naturally cold. Offering even heat distribution, electric floor heating prevents the air from getting too dry, does not disturb dust and therefore is a great option for those who suffer from allergies. Available to install under new floors only, electric floor heating comes on mats – custom or pre-fabricated, or on cables for a totally customizable heat pattern, all of which are controlled by a device much like your standard thermostat.

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Air-heated radiant floor systems are the final in-floor option to choose from. Available exclusively to new-builds, these systems are built directly into the foundation of a home. However, because air cannot hold large amounts of heat, these floors have proven to not be very cost-effective in residential applications and are therefore not often used.

If you’re looking to convert to in-floor heating options be sure to check the Save on Energy website to find out if the system you’re choosing and your contractor are eligible for the incentive program.

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