technicians are experts in various types of radiant heating
systems, including hydronic (hot water), radiant air heat, and electric radiant heat.
Radiant heat is the greatest. It provides unparalleled comfort, great versatility in architectural design and furnishing, and is environmentally friendly. Tafoya Mechanical installs every radiant system to exactly fit the conditions of your home. Our versatility, ingenuity and years of experience ensure we build the very best solution for your situation.
With our radiant heating systems, you will experience the following:
• Full comfort, even amid extreme outside temperatures
• Silent, effective system
• A dust-free, hypoallergenic house
• Increased value in your home or commercial building
Our radiant floor heating lends to superior air quality than do central heating systems such as a natural gas furnace, because you don't rely on forced air, which can contain dust particles. Underfloor heat makes for a more comfortable, liveable space.
Radiant air floors are not cost-effective in residential applications and are rarely installed. While they may be coupled with solar air heating systems, these blended systems suffer from the obvious inconvenience of generating only daytime heat while heating loads are usually lower. Trying to heat a house with a traditional furnace by pumping air through at night outweighs the advantages of using solar heat during daytime.
Electric radiant floor heat systems usually consist of built-in electrical cables. Also available are systems with electrically conductive plastic mats placed on the subfloor below a covering, such as tile. Because of the extremely high energy costs, electric heat variations are typically cost-effective only if they have a large thermal mass such as thick concrete, and the utility provider provides time-of-use rates. You can "charge" the concrete floor with heat during off-peak hours (around 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.). If the flooring thermal mass is large enough the heat stored in it will keep the house comfortable for eight to ten hours without further electrical input, particularly when daytime temperatures are significantly warmer than nighttime temperatures. This saves significant energy dollars over daytime heating at peak electric prices.
Electric floor heating systems can also make sense for home additions if expanding the heating system to the new room is impractical. However, homeowners should explore other solutions, such as mini-split heat pumps, which work more effectively and have the added benefit of cooling.
Hydronic (liquid) systems are the most common radiant heating systems
for heating-dominated climates, and are often the most energy-efficient. Hydronic radiant systems pump hot water from a boiler by under-floor tubing. In certain systems, controlling hot water flow through each tube loop using zoning valves or pumps and thermostats controls room temperatures.
The cost of installing a hydronic radiant floor heating system varies by location and depends on home size, installation style, site remoteness, and labor cost.
Whether using cables or tubing, the methods for installing electrical and hydronic radiant systems are related. In solid flooring, so-called "wet" installations embed cables or tubing and are the oldest type of modern radiant systems. The tube or cable may be inserted in a thick concrete foundation slab (usually used in "slab" ranch houses without basements) or in a thin layer of concrete, gypsum or other material built on top of a subfloor. If concrete is used and the new slab is not on solid earth, added weight can necessitate additional support. Consult a specialist engineer to assess the carrying capacity of the slab.
Thick concrete slabs are suitable for storing solar energy systems with fluctuating heat output. The downside of thick slabs is their sluggish reaction time, making tactics like night or daytime losses challenging if not impossible. Most experts suggest a steady temperature in homes with these heating systems.
Owing to recent technology advances, so-called "dry" flooring, where cables or tubing run in an air space below the surface, have gained popularity, primarily because dry floor systems are quicker and less costly to install. But since they require air space heating, the radiant heating system must run at a higher temperature.
Some dry installations include hanging tubing or cables under the joists' subfloor. Installing the tubing normally involves drilling through the joists. Also, reflective insulation must be mounted under the tubes to direct heat upward. Tubing or cables can also be mounted from above, between two subfloor layers. In these situations, liquid tubing is often mounted into aluminum diffusers that disperse water heat across the floor to heat the floor uniformly. Tubing and heat diffusers are secured between furring strips (sleepers) holding the new subfloor weight and finished floor surface.
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