A cape-cod style prefab tiny house tends to have a family room on one side of the home and a garage on the other. The small prefab homes with ranches, on the other hand, can have radiant floor plan. In such homes, you can get warmth from head to toe even as the temperature remains static and controlled in a radiant floor.
When heating components are relayed down the floor of small prefab homes, it is called radiant floor heating. There are three types of radiant floor heat as defined by U.S. Department of Energy – first, wherein air carries heat; second, the electric radiant floor; and thirdly, hydronic radiant floors.
Radiant heating components supply heat directly to the wall panels, from the floor to the home ceiling, or vice versa. The electric cables stay hidden in between the concrete floor, and the artificial heat would increase the temperature on the floor making the air rise up to the ceilings.
Hydronic systems heat fluidic elements through tiny little tubes fixed under the radiant floor. One can also mix up propylene glycol with water in hydronic radiant floor heat systems and regulate the living temperature in living rooms with a thermostat.
When hydronic or electric heating systems are placed in the SIP ceilings, it is a radiant ceiling. Working on the principle of direct heat transfer, radiant heat is ideal for cold or low-temperature; the radiant floor is good when the temperature is higher and radiant ceiling when the temperature is low outside. The logic is simple, artificial heat would emanate hot or cold air from downwards to upwards or the reverse in any room.
Radiant systems can be implemented in the master bedroom, the hall, the bathroom, or the modular kitchen. Once the components are installed in any select rooms of small prefab homes, the temperature can be controlled with thermostat, even when other rooms get heated with standard radiant heating systems. This way, homeowners can tackle inclement weather or extreme cold living conditions.
Much like home insulation and Structured Insulation Panels, radiant heating systems also increase the energy-efficiency of small prefab homes. Let alone those living in a cape-cod style prefab, everyone would prefer using radiant heating systems hidden from the naked eye, no matter the installation method.