Far infrared electric radiant floor heating systems are a great alternative to hydronic and forced air systems. They are designed for use under virtually any flooring including carpeting, hardwood, and tile. In addition, it can be used in concrete for basements and garages. When used under outdoor pavers and in concrete driveways and walkways, far infrared systems effectively and automatically melt ice and snow.
Radiant heat makes for a healthier home or building. Since they are not blowing air around and have no vents to capture dust and dirt, it naturally reduces the levels of dust, pollen, and mold spread by conventional forced air systems. This reduces indoor allergies and asthma often associated with these allergens.
While some electric radiant systems consist of a series of wires, a unique far infrared technology called Warm Waves is carbon based, using a thin film that conducts a consistent and complete supply of heat. Systems are 100% maintenance free since there are no wires, tubing, or boilers to break down; there are no moving parts to wear out or filters to change.
A Warm Waves system offers zone heating, enabling the user to economically heat certain areas of a home or building as needed. Zones can be larger than the 300 square foot maximum restricted by hydronic systems. Furthermore, electronic radiant systems like Warm Waves don’t require expensive boilers and hardware that requires a great deal of room. Hydronic systems require time to equalize and heat the water. This means that either the system takes a long time to get to temperature or it needs to be kept on at all times. Either way, it wastes time, energy, and money.
Radiant systems are more efficient than forced air. With a traditional forced air system, only the air is heated. The problem is the hot air rises. Much of the room’s heat is wasted at the ceiling. Often the areas near the floor are never actually comfortable and can be drafty. It takes time for a room to be filled with enough warm air to make its inhabitants warm. If a door or window is opened, the air infiltration cools the room quickly, and it takes time to recover. What this means is that the forced air system needs to run harder and longer, and this costs money and energy.
On the other hand, far infrared systems heat the people and objects first. Once these are warmed, they release the warmth into the rest of the room. If there is a rush of cold air – from a door or window – the infrared radiant system recovers more quickly since the objects are already warmed and releasing that warmth back into the room. Operation of the system requires fewer energy dollars and the cost is nothing when the thermostat turns the system off. In fact, Warm Waves cites that its system is 31%-63% more efficient than traditional heating and 20%-30% more efficient than other radiant systems, including hydronic.