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 Reviews and testimonials page.
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.
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.
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.”
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.