Believe it or not, under-floor radiant heating actually dates back to prehistoric times. Recently, archeologists digging in the Aleutian Islands came up with solid evidence validating how thousands of years ago, inhabitants channeled smoke from fires through stone-covered trenches dug under the floors of their dwellings. This hot smoke heated up the floor stones, which then radiated into the living spaces. The principal behind this process was and still remains quite simple, the floor radiates heat to a person’s feet, warming that specific person all over.
From this ancient technique, fast forward to today and discover that two modern floor-warming systems have evolved. One is hydronic heating, which uses tubing to run hot water beneath the floor, along baseboard heaters or through radiators to heat the building where it has been installed. The other is electric radiant floor warming, which has become very affordable and quite easy to install, which incorporates an electric heating element to warm up the surface above it. Even though this second method has become widely popular in the last decade, there still are many end-users who construe this particular warming process as something difficult to install. Quite frankly, electric radiant floor warming is not a product that should overwhelm anyone. In fact, it is not difficult at all to install. If distributors, retailers and contractors know more about this system, they all will be able to enjoy selling it — and, recognize more profits in doing so. There are research statistics available documenting that virtually all homeowners who have electric radiant floor warming systems absolutely love having them.