The concept on which kickspace heating system is based requires providing heat directly onto the floors. Radiant heating, when concentrated only to the floor, is termed as Radiant Floor Heating.
Air-Heated Radiant Floors: Air does not have the capacity to store heats in large amounts; hence this type of heating floors does not prove to be very useful as well as cost-effective for usage in residential applications. The system can prove beneficial when combined with solar heating systems, but the inherent drawback of its functionality only in daytimes, when the heating requirement is considerably lesser, exists. With its major drawbacks outweighing its potential benefits, this system in itself does not prove to be very useful.
Electric Radiant Floors: In this flooring, the methodology entails electric cables inserted within the floor. In some other cases, plastic mats that are conductive to electricity are fitted in below floor coverings like tiles.
As usage of electricity involves a higher cost, this system does not prove to be very cost-effective unless a bigger thermal mass is involved and there are discounted rates provided by the supplying concerns for usage during non-peak hours. Only in the above mentioned scenario can you obtain full advantage of the system. For example, if the floor has a larger thermal mass and you are provided with lesser electric rates during non-peak hour usage, then it can be heated up in non-peak hours and can store within itself the heat for around 8-10 hours, keeping the housing comfortable during that time frame.
Certain advances systems also provide you the option of providing varied heating to different rooms based on their requirements. The principle for this involves controlling the amount of hot water that is to be flowed through the PEX tubing. This is achieved by using a networking of valves or pumps along with thermostats. Cost of having this floor heating system installed differs on location basis; the factors that play a crucial role in cost determination include the home size, type of system to be installed, coverings on the floor, distance to be travelled to reach the location site as well as labor costs pertaining to that area.
Thus, people staying in areas where the climate calls for using heating systems should by now be able to identify the system that is best for them, and work accordingly to have it installed.