We are going to build a new home. It will have 1,345 ft on the first floor and 530 ft on the second. Do we need radiant floor heat on both levels. My husband was told it would heat the whole house if you have it only on the first level. Also, are there two different kinds of radiant floor heat? One electric and one with water?
Can someone explain it to me? I am confused as to what we need to get. Thank you so much! I really appreciate any help you can give!
Most of the information provided above is right on target, and applies mostly to hydronic (hot-water tubing) radiant floor heating systems. To respond to your question about the "2 kinds of radiant heat", the other kind (electric floor heating) is mostly installed as a supplemental source of heat or comfort in 1 or 2 rooms in the house. The number 1 selling room for electric floor heating is the bathroom, then the kitchen and perhaps the basement. Electric floor heating has a high cost per square foot but a very low start-up cost. As a result, it is a great solution for adding comfort to a couple of rooms in your home, but often not the right choice for whole-house heating. Hope this helps.
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