Adding Heat to Cold, Finished Rooms A Remedy for the Common Cold
Adding Heat to Cold, Finished Rooms
A common problem many home owners experience is uneven or insufficient heat. Most homes are built with furnaces as the primary heating source. These furnaces push heated air through ducts and vents to heat the home. Depending on your home's 'Heat Loss Calculation,' which determines the insulation qualities coupled with the size and demand in that area for heat, the temperature of any given room in a home will be different from another. Most of us can relate to some rooms being more comfortable than others. Those less comfortable rooms may receive less heat or are not sufficiently insulated to store it. For these reasons most homes will have one or more areas in them that are chronically cold.
There are a variety of solutions to this common problem including portable electric heaters, hot water heaters, and even under floor heating. Portable electric heaters are well known and come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and brands. A couple of disadvantages to portable heaters are they may be costly to run and in some cases may be hazardous to small children. In the end, most ancillary heaters will help, but still do not provide an even and well distributed, comfortable heat throughout the room.
Under Floor Heating
An alternative solution that is gaining in popularity is under floor heating. Most floor heating systems are required to be installed in or under the floor covering. These systems are often called in-floor radiant heating systems. There are several different types of systems including; hot water or hydronic floor heating systems, electric mesh heating systems, and electric cable heating systems.
There is, however, a solution for finished rooms where under floor heating can still be enjoyed. The RetroHeat system is a radiant heating system that can be installed underneath floors where the floor joists are accessible. This system uses thin heating panels which placed under the floors in between the floor joists and stapled to the sides.
These panels can be installed under the entire floor area of the room to provide a comfortable and evenly distributed heat throughout the room.
The installation of the RetroHeat system is simple enough for the common handyman. The heating panels are simply stapled to the floor joists, and connected together with simple connectors and wires. Insulation is then installed underneath the heating panels to force the heat up through the floors and into the room. The RetroHeat system is controlled by thermostat with an in-floor sensor. This sensor is a small bulb that is placed close to the heating panels so that the temperature of the room will not be affected by outside elements.
Finally, there is a solutions for adding luxury radiant heat to almost any room. This product and other radiant solutions can be found at www.warmzone.com. Warmzone specializes in matching your individual projects with heating systems that offer the best value and performance.
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