Looking for a more efficient and energy saving way to heat your home?
Radiant heating depends on heating elements that are set in the ceilings, walls or beneath the floors. This simple way to heat a room is invisible, nearly silent and needs very little maintenance. It’s also more energy efficient than forced air heating, meaning you’ll end up saving a lot of money that you’d be wasting power your traditional heater. This is especially true of radiant heating systems that use hot water. To see what customers are saying about services, click to visit our and testimonials page.
What are radiant heating systems?
Radiant heat systems can use hot air, water or electricity. They can be wet installed or dry installed. With wet installed, the system is embedded in a concrete floor above a subfloor that’s made out of wood. In the dry type of installation, the radiant floor system is placed between two layers made of plywood. Dry installations can also be placed under subfloor or a finished floor.
- Air systems: These units typically aren’t as efficient as the other kind because air can only hold so much heat, and they only really work in the daytime. Some of these systems are bolstered by solar power, but some homeowners find that the added efficiency isn’t really worth the cost.
- Hot water systems: These are the most popular type of radiant heating. The water is pumped from the boiler through polyethylene tubes beneath the floor. Some radiant heating systems that use water can be zoned so energy isn’t wasted in rooms that aren’t being used.
- Electric systems: Some types of electric radiant heating systems are made up of plastic mats that can conduct electricity and are placed just above the subfloor. These systems work best when the house has a lot of thermal mass that can hold on to the heat when the system isn’t being run. The room is heated by electric cables that are under the floor.
After the radiant heat system is installed in the subfloors, the floors can be dressed as they normally would be. They can be covered with tile, resilient flooring or wood. However, the homeowner should be careful about installing carpet with a lush pile and a thick pad beneath it. This might cut down on the effectiveness of the radiant heating.
What are the advantages of this system over other methods?
Besides being silent, invisible, nearly maintenance free and more energy efficient, people with allergies appreciate radiant heating because the air isn’t stirred up. Therefore, they’re not bothered by as much dust, pollen or allergens. It’s also clean, and there are no ducts to worry about. Other advantages are esthetic. Many people describe the warmth given off by their radiant heating systems as “luxurious.”
How much money can you expect to save?
Though radiant heating can be pricey to install and quite the investment to install in a house that’s already built, it’s a worthwhile one that can pay for itself fairly quickly. A homeowner can see as much as 30 percent in energy savings depending on how well the home is insulated. This is due to the fact that the radiant heat system doesn’t waste heat like a forced air system.