Radiant Heating, which is also known as under-floor heating, can be an incredible alternate to conventional heating. That is, in the right situations. It’s a great option if you’re building a new home or undertaking a major home renovation.
How Radiant Heating Works
There are two methods for radiant heating. With one method the heat is provided by the circulation of hot water (hydronic) in tubes installed beneath the flooring. The other method is supplied by electricity. The method using electricity uses loops of resistance wires and is good for small rooms wherein the hot water tubes work really well for whole home systems. These systems heat from below the floors and the heat radiates up and warms the whole room and/or home.
We all know that heat rises. More conventional methods for heating our homes, such as forced air heating, can be really inefficient. Air forced through ducts and that movement creates a convection system of heat delivery. That heat rises and then begins to fall back down as it cools. What ends up happening is that when the room has reached it’s temperature the forced air stops and the room almost instantly feels chilly because with out the heat actually being pushed around it’s not efficiently warming the room and it’s occupants.
Pros of Radiant Heating
There are substantial benefits that go beyond the energy efficiency and affordability of running a hydronic radiant heating system. Homes equipped with this technology will have better air quality. The clanging and banging of baseboard radiators is eliminated. Additionally, you can increase the life of your boiler because the water temperature of traditional radiators is much higher than what is needed for hydronic radiant heating.
Above all, you will find yourself much more comfortable. With radiant heating the heat is radiating up from the floor evenly. The warmer air stays lower than in a conventional forced air system which keeps you and your family consistently warmer.
Cons of Radiant Heating
Radiant heating might not be the greatest idea in areas where there’s high humidity because of the way that the system works you can end up with condensation issues. Another con to radiant heating is that these systems aren’t able to also provide cooling. This means that you will still need to a cooling system for your home and that means you, more than likely, will not be able to eliminate duct systems from your home.
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