Radiant In-Floor Heat Systems

Add an extra level of comfort to your new home with a radiant in-floor heat system. Aspen Aire installs both electric and hydronic floor heating for home construction projects in Des Moines and central Iowa.

What is an In-Floor Heating System?

A radiant floor heating system uses a heat source underneath the flooring to warm its surface as well as the air and objects above it. There are two types of in-floor heat: electric and hydronic.

Electric Floor Heating – Electric wiring is woven into a mat that’s installed under the flooring. It can be turned on and off but takes 30 minutes to an hour to heat up. The cost of electricity should be considered, as it can offset some of the energy savings of radiant floor heating.

Hydronic Floor Heating – Plastic tubing is installed below the flooring. Hot water from a boiler circulates through the tubing to maintain the temperature. Hyrdronic heat systems are low-maintenance, energy efficient and last for years.

In-floor heating systems are commonly installed under tile, concrete and some wood flooring. Carpet is also an option, although it can create so much insulation that the heat doesn’t really come through, especially if there’s thick padding under it.

How Does Radiant Floor Heating Work?

Radiant floor heating works similar to a radiator. Electric wiring or hot-water-filled plastic tubing snakes back and forth beneath the flooring, keeping it at a comfortable temperature. Waves of thermal radiation rise up from the floor to warm objects on and above it, similar to the way a sidewalk puts off heat on a hot, sunny day. A heated floor generally reaches about 85 degrees – enough to feel warm but not uncomfortable. Because the entire floor is heated, the room feels warm all over and the cooler air stays up near the ceiling.

In comparison, traditional forced-air heating systems, whether supplied by a furnace, boiler or heat pump, blow warm or hot air out of vents and into rooms. The hot air rises toward the ceiling and cooler air is forced down toward the floor. This causes floors to feel cold even when the rest of the room is at a comfortable temperature. And, because the heat runs until the desired temperature is reached and then shuts off, you may actually feel cooler at the set temperature because the hot air isn’t blowing into the room.

Benefits of In-Floor Heat

  • Even heating with no hot spots
  • No uncomfortable, cold floors
  • Feel more comfortable at a lower temperature
  • Heat different zones or rooms separately
  • Saves on energy bills
  • As much as 30% more efficient than forced-air heat
  • Low-maintenance
  • No dust and allergens blowing in the air

If you’re building a new home, contact us today for a free, customized estimate for a radiant floor heating system.


by Russell Holmes - 6/29/2017

I had my air conditioning go out during a VERY hot day in June, 2017. I called three places (all recommended). Aspen Aire called me back right away (much appreciated) and had a technician out within 2 or 3 hours. I was amazed as it was an extremely hot day and assumed they would be really busy (and they were).

(Oh - the other two places? One never called me back and the other called me a week later with apologizes - heh!)

After installing a new fan in my condenser unit, it was determined that was not the problem. Given that the unit was 20 years old I opted to replace it as well as the 20-year old furnace. They did not try to talk me into doing that but gave me options - I decided to go with a new AC and furnace unit combination. They did tell me my AC and furnace were probably on borrowed time but, again, they did not push me to replace them.

Long story short, within a few days they had replaced the air conditioning unit and furnace with two really nice units that have long, transferable warranties.

The men were very professional, extremely clean, most polite and a pleasure to have in and around my house.

If you are need of heating and cooling services, you will never find a better company than Aspen Aire. I do not say things just to be nice. In fact I am a rather hard customer to please (truth be told!). But my experience with Aspen Aire was beyond my highest expectations.

On one hand it was unfortunate when my air went out on a 90 plus degree day. On the other hand it turned out to be a good thing since my experience with this company was so good.

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by Russell Holmes - 6/29/2017

Des Moines, Iowa


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