You might be wondering why we’re saying “next” winter instead of “this” winter. Well, because the installation of radiant heating can be complex, and to truly enjoy the comfort it brings, you don’t want this job to be rushed! But if you currently have an inefficient system, are having a new home built this year, or simply want to enjoy the benefits of radiant heat, then you’d do well to consider this installation.
We do want to stress how vital it is you hire a pro for a job of this caliber.
What Is Radiant Heating?
The term “radiant heating” doesn’t refer to a type of heater itself, necessarily, but rather a method of heating. Radiant heating works by warming bodies through the transmission of heat in solid objects. When you’re near a campfire warming up, when you feel a lightbulb, even when you warm your hands with a cup of coffee—these are all examples of radiant heating in action.
There are heating systems that use this process, and they work by having equipment underneath the flooring of a home, or potentially even within the walls. Typically a system of pipes or wires is heating through water or electricity, and then that heat rises up through the room to give occupants warmth.
What Makes Radiant Heating Systems Different?
Compared to forced-air heating, like with furnaces and heat pumps that blow hot air into rooms, radiant heating systems are very different. The thing about forced-air heating is that it can introduce indoor air quality problems into the home, like dust and debris, and also can make your air dry. There is also a chance that damaged ductwork can cause uneven heating through the rooms, and waste energy and money.
Radiant heating doesn’t come with these problems, because it doesn’t heat the air. Additionally, many people say that radiant heat simply feels better! Radiant heating has gotten a great reputation for being one of the more comfortable and efficient heating methods out there.
Your Radiant Heating Installation Options
Installing a radiant heating system may be an easy choice for some homes, but it’s not a straightforward process and takes careful consideration. This is why it’s vital you get assistance from a trained and experienced professional, like any member of our team. You’ll want to look at things like:
Do You Have Preexisting Ductwork?
If your home is already configured for a forced-air system, like a heat pump or furnace, it may be wise to stick to that type of system. The time and money required to retrofit a home with a radiant heating system may be out of your budget.
Are You Using Electrical Power or Natural Gas?
Radiant heating systems require either as a fuel source, but in the case of natural gas, a radiant heating system requires a boiler installation to heat the water that will flow through the in-floor pipes of the radiant heating system.
If you’re utilizing natural gas, but do not have or want a boiler, then you can compromise by having baseboard heaters or radiators installed instead. For the best in efficiency with radiant heating though, the in-floor system is recommended.