Understanding Radiant Heating

Once a year, my girlfriends and I get together for chinese take out and an evening of catching up.  Life is so busy that we rarely get time during the year so we have this tradition between Thanksgiving and Christmas.   We plan the evening weeks in advance and decline any other offers. Thankfully, Susan agreed to have everyone over because her place is better setup for entertaining.  I was excited because I hadn’t seen any of the updates that they had done over the summer. I knew that they had remodelled the bathroom and installed new woodwork throughout the house.  We arrived and sat laughing and enjoying wine for a while. I went to check out the bathroom and I was amazed when I opened the door. They had natural stone flooring and it looked like a room right out of a designer magazine.  The next thing I noticed was the thermostat on the wall. My eyes just about popped out of my head when I saw that it read eighty six degrees. The room felt like a sauna. I know it was winter and cold outside but I couldn’t imagine how anyone would heat the house, or any part of it, that high. It would be horribly expensive and uncomfortable in my opinion.  When I returned to my friends I couldn’t help but ask. Susan said that it was only the floor that was eighty six not the rest of the room. They had put in radiant flooring in so that they would never have to step out onto a cold floor after showering. What she didn’t understand about this system is that, because heat rises and the entire room is the same temperature.  

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