Radiant floor heating has been the choice of a growing number of customers over the years, and comfort is by far the most important reason.
Efficiency of the heating system is greatly determined by insulation and construction of the home, and in particular how much heat the building loses. In today’s changing world of energy reduction, it is wise to invest in higher efficiency equipment. Radiant floor heating provides means of cost-efficient comfort; however, design and component selection greatly affect how efficient and comfortable the system will be.
At Heatwave, we’ve been designing and installing radiant floor and a variety of hot water heating systems for the last 30 years. Our team can build the system you want, or help you troubleshoot and rectify a system you are having problems with. As this site develops, we will look at the pros and cons of various options and design concepts. Happy Heating!
Hot water (hydronic) heating is one of the most comfortable and most efficient ways of heating a home. Just ask most Europeans! Here in Canada, radiators come in various forms, and at Heatwave we know them all well.
The North American staple of radiators is the finned-tube baseboard radiator. Common manufacturers are Slant Fin and Haydon. These are high temperature, high output heaters, with a lot of the heat being provided by natural convection.
European style radiators come in various shapes and designs and are typically lower temperature products, so they require much larger surface area to provide the same amount of heat. The radiators are stylish and durable though tend to be substantially more expensive than other products.
Old style cast iron radiators are still available, though usually in the used marketplace. New versions of these radiators are available, however due to their weight and physical size, shipping costs are quite prohibitive. These radiators are extremely durable and provide wonderful even heat. They have a fantastic aesthetic appeal, particularly in older homes.
For hard to heat areas, fan coil units are available that can mount on a wall or hide under the kick-space of a cabinet.