The best heating system a house can have is the one you don’t realize is there. No radiators clanking in the night. No vents whooshing like a jet preparing for takeoff. Just an even blanket of heat, right where you want it. But a radiant floor system has more than just aesthetics going for it. It’s also a highly efficient way to heat a house, increasing comfort as it reduces energy costs. Once it’s up and running, a radiant system can be up to 30 percent more efficient than forced-air heating, depending on how well insulated a house is. And there’s no comparison when it comes to comfort. In that category, radiant always wins, feet down.
Uponor is a popular brand name that we consistently install. Below is a chart that compares the benefits of Radiant Heating System vs. Forced Warm Air. We encourage you to visit their website for additional information about their products.
Call our office at (207) 747-1210 to learn more about radiant floor heating in Portland from one of our expert, licensed technicians. We offer an Advantage Program that allows you to enjoy your heating system when you need it most.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is radiant floor heating?
Radiant floor heating is a comfortable and efficient form of heating where warm water circulates through flexible, specially designed PEX tubing installed under the floor. The heat radiates evenly up through the floor warming people and objects in the room and providing more comfort for less money.
What makes radiant floor heating so comfortable?
Unlike traditional heating systems that just warm the air, radiant heating warms the floor and the objects in contact with the floor. The entire floor distributes a consistent, even and quiet heating. There are no drafts and radiant floor heating takes the chill out of cold tile, marble and wood floors.
What if the tubing leaks on my radiant floor heating system?
Leaks are not a concern especially with Uponor PEX when the system is properly installed. With a life expectancy of more than 100 years, Uponor PEX tubing has withstood the most extensive tests in the industry for over 30 years. What’s more, all Uponor’s PEX tubing is thoroughly inspected before it leaves their manufacturing plant. Uponor also offers a 30-year limited warranty when installed by a highly trained Pine State Technician.
Can the floor get too hot?
No. A properly designed radiant floor heating system will deliver comfortable warmth that’s a pleasure to walk on – especially in bare feet! If additional heat is needed to satisfy the heat load, additional warmth can easily be added by installing radiant walls and/or ceilings. Uponor offers technical design support as well as design software.
We already have a concrete floor in the basement, is it too late to install a Radiant Floor Heating System?
Not at all. Uponor’s Quik Trak system is perfect for remodeling or retrofit projects. Quik Trak is installed over a plywood subfloor. It’s great for putting radiant comfort in a basement or anywhere in your home.
Is it possible to just heat the ceramic tile floor in our master bath?
Absolutely. Uponor radiant floor heating systems are flexible, meaning you can heat the entire home or only those rooms you want to heat. The bathroom is a popular area of the home to heat.
If I have radiant floor heating, can I still have air conditioning?
Sure you can. In fact, separate heating and cooling systems really make the most sense. Radiant floor heating keeps the heat near the floor where it does the most good; and air conditioning ductwork is placed only where it is needed to cool your home. The result is optimal comfort and efficiency all year.
Our family has allergies. Can radiant floor heating system help?
Yes, our radiant heat system has no drafts, fans or blowers to circulate dust, dirt and other allergens throughout your home. Warm radiant floors can eliminate the need for carpeting which is a breeding ground for dust mites, a very common cause of allergic respiratory disease. The result is a clean, healthy environment – a must for people with allergies.
Get started with an estimate by calling our team of radiant floor heating experts in Portland today at (207) 747-1210! We proudly serve customers throughout Cumberland & York County.
“They do quality work and the techs are always nice. They look out for the customer by asking a question or two to make sure that you don't get charged for an unnecessary visit.” - Bette K.
“It was truly a pleasure in all of my interactions with him, and it is my feeling that his attention to detail on this install could not have been exceeded!” - Evan
“All in all, he made what could have been a disruptive experience into one of the smoothest jobs I've ever had done.” - Gerry S.
“Came to my house on time, and did everything I needed really quickly, and to my satisfaction.” - Ken C.
“I left a service request online at midnight and was called before 8:30 in the morning.” - Mandy S.