Winter has arrived in force across North America, although those people utilizing radiant heat may not have noticed yet. We want you to get the most out of your radiant heating system, and have compiled some reminders below.
There are generally two methods for ensuring enjoyment of your heated floors. If the heated area is used throughout the day, keeping the floor at a consistent temperature ensures that it will always be warm and ready to enjoy.
If you have radiant floor heat in rooms that are used primarily at specific times, we recommend using a programmable thermostat to heat the floors prior to use. Ensure the thermostat is programmed and the heat tested before the cold hits to ensure warm floors.
Snow Melting and Roof Deicing
For outdoor radiant heat systems, operation varies greatly depending on your activation device. In all cases, we recommend checking the system in the late summer or early fall to verify everything is functioning properly before the snow and ice arrive.
Many systems utilize an automated sensor to efficiently melt snow as it falls. These systems require little human interaction to run effectively, however certain sensor models can be adjusted for sensitivity. This adjustment can help you optimize your system for your climate to keep things melting smoothly. Some sensors also have an adjustable “overrun” which allows you to set the amount of time the sensor continues running after the storm. This can be helpful in allowing melted snow to run off the surface so it doesn’t freeze and form ice.
For snow melting systems using manual switches and timers, it is critical to activate the system before a storm. Radiant heat works much more effectively when it stays ahead of the falling snow. Allowing snow to accumulate will slow down melting and use more energy.