Watts Radiant | Floor Heating & Snow Melting

Fequently Asked Questions

Why do we need to be heated?

Actually, we don't need to be heated, not in the same sense one might think. Since we are living beings, we actually produce our own energy, or heat, by consuming food (calories). Movements and other activities consume these calories, and a byproduct of this consumption is heat. Our bodies operate at around 98.6 Degrees F. By controlling the temperature of our surroundings, such as chairs, walls, windows, etc., we will have more control over our own body's heat loss, which will make us feel warmer and enhance comfort.

I've heard that older radiant heating systems made the floors too hot. True?

Yes, this is a true statement to some degree. In the past, radiant heating systems were designed and installed in much the same way as a conventional baseboard system. High temperatures and simple controls were used to control the radiant heating system. These high temperatures were in fact too high from a comfort standpoint. The higher the water temperature in the floor, the higher the floor surface temperature will become. For all systems a maximum floor temperature of 85°F is maintained to ensure comfort. In these older systems, the floor temperature could actually exceed this limit, causing the floor to feel uncomfortable.

Today there are endless arrays of controls and piping methods to ensure this does not happen. Lower water temperatures are maintained to prevent overheating. Indoor/outdoor reset systems are used to help predict heating needs and to increase response times. Radiant heating technology is becoming more and more advanced every day.

Does a radiant heating system have any impact on air circulation or cleanliness?

Yes. Since the air is not carrying the heating, and is not being forced to move through the house, less dust and mold is being distributed. This helps to keep allergies and other ailments to a minimum.

Please note: This FAQ document is designed to answer common questions. Refer to the product's installation manual or appropriate instructions and warnings regarding installation, use and maintenance.

Please note: This FAQ document is designed to answer common questions. Refer to the product's installation manual or appropriate instructions and warnings regarding installation, use and maintenance.

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