Radiant Heat in a Concrete Floor Wood floor insulation Sub floor insulation
Benefits of Insulating Radiant Floors with Reflective Foil:
- Effective in extreme temperatures-both hot and cold
- Strong but clean, lightweight and flexible
- Easy installation
- Safe to handle with no special clothing or breathing equipment
- Cuts and installs easier than fiberglass
- Reflects 97% of Radiant Heat
- Easily stapled, nailed or glued into place
- Waterproof, Non absorbent surface
Under Floor Insulation OptionsRadiant floor heating is becoming more common in new home construction. There are many floor insulation options—concrete floor insulation, under floor insulation, crawl space floor insulation, sub floor insulation, mobile home floor insulation, in floor heating insulation, hardwood floor insulation, insulation between floor joists, floating floor insulation, and even soundproof acoustic floor insulation, to name a few.
Installing floor insulation is not a new technique, for it has been in use since the times of ancient Rome. There are many aspects to consider with insulation for radiant floor heating. If you’re looking for cheap floor insulation or diy floor insulation, reflective foil is a cost effective option. Determining floor insulation cost should also account for lower energy bills each month. Radiant floor heating is popular because of many factors. Sub floor insulation creates a comfortable and warm floor that will have you walking barefoot all winter long. Air quality is improved because radiant heat does not stir dust particles or remove moisture from the air like traditional forced air systems. Radiant floor insulation is safe because it has no surface that could produce burns. Under floor insulation is also unobtrusive and environmentally conscious.
In order to achieve and receive all of these benefits of floor insulation, under floor insulation must be installed properly. Radiant heat by its nature, will want to radiate in all directions which is why it is important to use the right radiant floor heating products. EcoFoil radiant barrier is best to insulate and redirect the heat to its intended living space.
Starting with the lowest level, radiant heat can be used for concrete. Without proper slab insulation, much of the radiant heat will be lost to the grade beneath. This is why it is important to use EcoFoil’s under concrete bubble insulation. Not only will EcoFoil radiant floor slab insulation provide insulation of R3.8, it also will reflect up to 97% of the heat upwards back into the living space. Depending on your climate zone, you may or may not need to pair EcoFoil’s under concrete barrier with XPS foam insulation. Simply install your radiant barrier on top of the XPS then install the concrete and heating system. This radiant floor insulation also acts as an effective vapor barrier with <0.02 perms which blocks out water, water vapor, and radon.
Radiant heated floors are also installed in floor joist systems to heat first and second floors. Again, it is important to install reflective insulation below the radiant tubing in order to prevent the heat from moving down and to reflect the heat upwards. EcoFoil’s Between Joist foil is a clean and easy way to improve the performance of your radiant floor. There are two convenient methods to install EcoFoil: 1. between the joists. 2. beneath the joists. When the space below the joists is to be finished, use the between-joist method in order to prevent the EcoFoil from being compromised from drywall installation. When the space below is to remain unfinished then it is simpler to install using the below-joist method. An added benefit of the below joint method is that a grater R value is achieved due to the increased cavity surrounding the radiant tubing.
Radiant heat can also be installed over a wood floor or in a sub-floor. Install EcoFoil before installing the radiant heat system. This will reflect the heat up into the room while providing insulation which prevents the heat from dissipating to the space below.
As with any living space that is heated, it is desirable to keep the heat where it belongs. This is especially true with radiant heated floors, which is why it is important to use EcoFoil to insulate and redirect the heat to the living space so you can keep warm and comfortable all winter long.
Installing Radiant Floor Heating Instructions
- Radiant Floor Between Joist Insulation Installation (PDF)
- Radiant Heat Wood Floor Insulation Installation (PDF)
- Radiant Floor Sub Floor Insulation Installation (PDF)
- Reflective Bubble Insulation Under Carpet / Over Concrete Installation (PDF)
- Under Concrete Insulation Installation (PDF)