In Floor Heating

You want a home strong yet sustainable in structure, so innovative and flexible in design that, by its very nature, it satisfies your needs and desires as a homeowner. A home that can be adapted in design and built to fit perfectly in any site or climatic condition. You want a home that is durable, made to withstand even hurricane force winds, yet fast and easy to build. A home that is warm and welcoming, saturated with natural light, an oasis of tranquility in an incredibly busy world.

And you want a home that is easy to heat

We recommend using the Rehau hot water / glycol in-floor heating system. We can add one circulating pump for each room if required. The people in that room could adjust the heat to suit them without over heating any other rooms in the home.

Radiant Floor Heat can help you say goodbye to cold feet. Radiant in-floor hot water / glycol heat is the perfect choice for our circle house.

We use an efficient 8 KW electric boiler but you can use gas or wood as the heat source for your floor's hot water / glycol radiant system. These systems provide constant, penetrating heat that forced air cannot duplicate.

Why is radiant heat a better way to heat a home compared to forced air heat?

Compared to forced hot air, radiant floor heating is more comfortable, more energy efficient, a healthier environment and is more aesthetically pleasing. Here’s why:

Radiant means Comfort

There are no forced air registers, no noise or dust from blowers, no cold floors to chill your feet when you get out of bed.

Radiant Heat Saves Energy

A typical radiant heated home in Canada can expect a 25% energy savings over a conventional forced air home. This 25% savings can be attributed to a number of factors listed below (The 25% figure comes from a 1998 study by Kansas State University and the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers [ASHRAE])

  • Parasitic losses - Parasitic loss refers to energy lost due to inherent inefficiencies of a system. Duct work in a forced air heating system, for example, can be difficult to permanently seal/insulate and is often located in unheated crawl spaces or basements. As hot air is blown through these large ducts, heat is lost through the tiny flaws in the system and escapes into unknown areas.Additionally, when hot air is blown into a room with a door closed, it can cause an increase in air pressure. This pressure pushes the heat through weather stripping on windows. Blowers used in forced air systems on average require 9x the amount of electricity as the pumps in radiant systems. All of these parasitic losses add up in forced air systems add up to a 30% less efficient system.
  • Lower ceiling temperatures -Forced air systems emit hot air at a temperature of approximately 120–140 degrees. This hot air rapidly rises creating a temperature zone that can often be over 10 degrees warmer than the air temperature below. This stratification effect becomes greater as the ceiling height becomes greater. When ceilings are hot and just below a cold roof, heat loss is quite high. It is precisely because of this effect that we insulate ceilings and attics so much.
  • Zoning reduces energy usage -Most forced air heated homes have a single thermostat, in other words, they are single zone systems. This is because forced air systems are inherently difficult and therefore, expensive to zone.
  • Lower air temperatures for the same comfortWhen we are outside on a warm, sunny day, we may be comfortable in a tee shirt even if the air is only 60 degrees. This is because the radiant warmth from the sun allows us to be comfortable at a lower air temperature. The same is true in your home. With the warmth emanating from a radiant floor, we can enjoy the same level of comfort with the thermostat is set a few degrees lower than needed in forced air home.
  • Blowing hot air paradoxically can cool us -We can be quite comfortable outside until the wind picks up. Even though the temperature has not changed, the movement of air across our skins causes evaporative cooling. Hot air blowing from a duct may require you to set the thermostat slightly higher to maintain the same comfort.

Radiant Heat is Healthy Heat

Forced air systems not only blow hot air, they also push allergens, dust and other airborne particles to every room in your house. Improved indoor air quality can reduce allergies, medical bills, incidences of asthma and more. European studies indicate that dust mite populations are reduced as much as 90% in radiant heated homes. And, a quiet, peaceful environment (no noisy fans and blowers) is a healthier and more relaxing environment too.

Radiant Heat Allows Design Freedom

Architects gain total design freedom because there are no floor registers, no baseboard radiators, and no wall or ceiling chases. Furniture can be placed anywhere without regard to registers. And rooms with high, open ceilings and/or floor-to-ceiling windows can be heated easily and efficiently. Mechanical systems for radiant systems can also be designed more freely because of the ability to easily interface with solar, geothermal and cogeneration fuel cells.

Each run is embedded into a 1 x 6 aluminum channel separated with a wood spacer

Shows the manifold for supply and return lines

Also shows the hardwood flooring being installed over the warm aluminum channel.