Radiant Floor Heating – How to Heat Concrete Floors

Radiant Floor Heating - How to Heat Concrete Floors

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Radiant Floor Heating - How to Heat Concrete Floors

If you are building a home or business on a concrete slab in Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO, then radiant heating may be the perfect choice for you. Not only can you save energy, but radiant heat will create a healthier, more comfortable living or working environment. The concrete floor helps distribute the heat throughout the home or commercial building.

How it works

Have you ever been hiking in the mountains on cool or even cold evening and felt warmth coming from rocks? Those rocks are storing heat from a day-long exposure to the sun. A concrete slab works the same way. Plastic tubing that circulates hot water or electrical heating elements are embedded in the slab when it’s poured. The concrete slab absorbs the heat and acts like a giant radiator.


Over the years forced air heating has become the most popular form of central heating, but popular doesn’t always mean the best. Radiant heating has many benefits:

    • No blowing air—You won’t feel the drafts or hear the blowers that are so much a part of forced air systems. The same blowing air can carry dust and allergens throughout the house.
    • Comfort—There are no worries about cold floors and your feet are always warm. Radiant heat, especially in a concrete slab, is distributed more evenly meaning the temperature is consistent and easy to control.
    • Lower utility costs—Radiant heat is more efficient than forced air because there is no ductwork. Estimates are heating ducts waste up to 30% of the conditioned air due to leaks and poor insulation. The savings are even more pronounced for concrete slab floors because less energy is used to achieve the same level of comfort.
    • Zoning—This is the ability to set different temperatures in different rooms or areas of a building. It’s more easily accomplished with radiant heating than with forced air. It’s a great way to compensate for different sunlight exposure or heat loss through large windows.

Comfort driven, Colorado style

No matter the type of business or property you have, Climate Control, located in Glenwood Springs CO and servicing the entire Roaring Fork and Vail Valleys, can show you how comfortable and efficient radiant heating in concrete slabs can be. Call now to learn more or to schedule an appointment. For more great information year round be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.