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 Karess Carter - 1/31/2020

Do you know how well YOUR furnace is working? Mine was fine. It heated the house. We were warm. All was good.

I had Aspen Aire come just for a service check. I knew my furnace was older because it came with the house and we’ve lived there for 13 years. We were prepared that eventually it would stop working and we would need to replace it. But it couldn’t hurt to have a check up.

Until the day  we got the news that our furnace was leaking a lot of carbon monoxide into our house. No, I didn’t have a detector in my house. We were advised to immediately make plans to replace our furnace. And sleep with the furnace off. And get a carbon monoxide detector that night. Can you imagine the fear we were riddled with?

I have no idea how long this has been going on. What I do know, is that I haven’t felt ‘good’ in an extremely long time. From headaches, to being dizzy and nauseous, I have felt off for months. (I mean seriously I can’t remember the last time I felt good.) But the headaches have  just been out of control for the last year. My daughter has been a different person as well. Our whole house has been out of whack. I can’t say that this is the root of it all, but I can speculate.

When we got the news, Aspen Aire was there for us. They also found that our hot water heater was leaking and it was time to replace that. So we found all of this out on Wednesday, and today they are at my house.  Right now we are installing a new furnace, AC unit and hot water unit. It’s money we hadn’t planned on spending right now, but I look at it like it’s an investment in our home and our health.

If we decide to sell our house, these upgrades will be important to a potential buyer. But I think the peace of mind knowing we will wake up in the morning is all I need. This was a huge wake up call for my family.

It really is worth it to get your furnace checked. A simple service check up from Aspen Aire could give you peace of mind, and maybe even end up saving a life. People die from carbon monoxide poisoning. I just feel lucky that it wasn’t my family.

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by Karess Carter - 1/31/2020

Des Moines, Iowa


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