As more and more people in the U.S. look for cheaper and more environmentally-friendly alternatives to heat their home, electric radiant floor warming has become a popular option! In 2011 47%, and as of May 2012, about 54% of an average household’s energy costs are reportedly devoted to heating and cooling. Whether you’re trying to be more environmentally conscious or just reduce heating costs, clean energy alternatives are quickly becoming a great way to go green and save green.
More than half of all American households use natural gas to heat their home. Although widely considered the cleanest fossil fuel, it is still a greenhouse gas and a huge contributor to carbon emissions. In fact, the burning of natural gas now represents over 20% of the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
Radiators, another heating option still widely used, are often quite costly due to the amount of time they take to heat up and cool down. This means it takes more energy, and ultimately costs more to heat a room less efficiently. Other considerations include their reliance on water (another environmental impact) and the fact that they don’t heat a room evenly, with all of the heat coming from a single location.
Underfloor heating, with its large surface distribution throughout a room, can reduce energy costs from 20-40%. Rapid heat distribution and easy temperature regulation mean that floor warming-based thermostats can typically be set 2-4 degrees lower than furnace or radiator thermostats. They’re also much more efficient with 100% of electricity converted to actual heat!
Another popular, eco-friendly alternative these days is solar power heating. While this certainly reduces environmental impact, their efficiency depends on the amount of solar radiation received by the surface area, as well as surface reflectance. Surface emissivity (i.e.: the ability to create energy by radiation), ambient temperature, and thermal convection from wind can also effect the performance of a solar power-based heating system.
If you’re ready to reduce your carbon footprint, lower your energy bills, and have a more evenly heated home, then electric radiant floor warming is your best option. All floor warming systems sold by Warm Your Floor have very low Electromagnetic radiation and carry a very long expected lifespan.