The days are getting pretty cold, and before long the full fury of winter will be upon us. If your home heating system isn’t up to the job of keeping you warm, now is the time to replace it. Consider installing a radiant heating system this fall. Radiant heating has a great many advantages to offer. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that installing a radiant heating system can benefit you.
What Is Radiant Heating?
Radiant heating most often refers to a boiler-based heating system, though there are electric variants. In a boiler radiant heating system, there are no ducts. Instead, a network of pipes is installed in the walls and/or subfloor of each room in the house. These pipes all connect back to the boiler. As the boiler heats water, it pumps it throughout the pipes in the house. As the hot water flows through the pipes, it transmits heat through them and into the room. The thermal energy moves from the walls and floor to everything touching them, heating the entire room.
Advantages of Radiant Heating
Radiant heating solves a lot of disadvantages that are associated with forced air heating. For example, forced air heaters lose up to 30% of their heat to duct leaks. Radiant heating systems don’t use duct leaks, which makes them more energy efficient. Radiant heating systems also heat rooms more evenly. A forced air system uses warm air, which rises to the top of a room and sinks as it cools. This creates uncomfortable hot and cold spots. Since radiant heating systems transmit thermal energy directly instead of using air, you don’t have to worry about hot and cold spots forming.
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