Cold winter nights are pretty hard to deal with, but through radiant heating, we can comfortably stay at home without feeling too chilly. A radiant heating system can either be placed on ceilings, walls, or floors. The most usual though is having a radiant heating system underneath floors. It is said that radiant floor heating was already being used since the Ancient Roman times and is quite common around China and Korea. This type of heating warms the room from the floor up.
As the heating system warms the floor, it would also heat the surrounding surfaces, causing the heat to be distributed around the room. This wouldn’t be compatible though with any kind of flooring. It is advised to have a flooring that would be able to conduct heat well like tiles, stones and concrete.
A hot water tubing known as a hydronic radiant floor is the most common type of system used for the floorings. It is cost-effective compared to the electric and air-heated types. For this type of heating system, plastic or metal pipings are installed beneath your floor. The pipings are attached to a boiler, which is used to heat water. Then, the heated water is being distributed or pumped into the tubes causing the floor and surrounding surfaces to get warm.
Pipes usually used for the tubing system are called PEX. PEX or cross-linked polyethylene is a durable tubing that is non-toxic, leak-resistant, a high temperature material, and flexible that would surely last long. As early as 1970s, these tubings were already used in Europe. It is estimated that PEX can last more than 50 years.
On the other hand, there are several energy options you can use for the boiler. You can either use oil, natural gas, or electricity. You shouldn’t have a problem with noise when using a hydroponic heating system. The heated water is being moved slowly along the pipes.