A Homeowner’s Guide to In-Floor Heating Installation and Repair

In the cold winter months, your hardwood floors can leave you not wanting to climb out of bed. This is why the innovation of in-floor heating has brought more enjoyment to homeowners as they can feel comfortable walking around their home even on the coldest days.

These low-maintenance in-floor heating systems allow you to heat all of the rooms in your home evenly, makes no noise, and is energy efficient, which is why it is the perfect option to keep your home cozy. For this reason, we’re going to discuss everything you need to know about in-floor heating installations and repairs to help you make the best decision for your home.

Benefits of In-Floor Heating

  • energy efficient heating
  • works with all floor coverings
  • safe

There are two main types of radiant-floor heating systems: electric and hydronic. An electric heating system heats the floors via wires whereas a hydronic heating system heats the floors via hot water lines.

A hydronic in-floor heating system is less expensive to operate, making it an ideal choice for individuals who have larger spaces to heat.

Installing a Hydronic In-Floor Heating System

Hydronic in-floor heating systems are generally used when individuals want to heat an entire house as these are also energy efficient and the options for zoning. The water is heated either by a boiler or water heater. The water is then pushed through a flexible PEX piping to heat flooring.

Repairing Your In-Floor Heating System

Just with any technology, you may experience some issues with your in-floor heating such as issues with zone valves or circulation pumps and airlocks.

Zone Valves or Circulation pumps: Hydronic heating systems rely on valves and circulator pumps to push out water from the water heater or boiler and into your pipes. If these pumps break for whatever reason, it will affect the heat flow.

Water leaks: Water leaks are uncommon; however, they can happen. When it does, this issue should be addressed immediately so that no further damage persists.

Airlock: It is common for air bubbles to form in your pipes. When these bubbles form, it can cause a blockage that stops the water from flowing in the pipes. This, in turn, can have a negative effect on your heat flow.

Electrical Issues: In some cases, in-floor heating systems may not perform well if there are bad connections and loose wires causing the system to fail.

Call the professionals who installed your radiant heating system to help you correct the issue.

At Metro Heating & Cooling, we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality products at affordable prices. If you are interested in hydronic heating, or need repair work done to your current one, contact us and we will be more than willing to help.