How Does Radiant Heating Work?
A forced air heating system, such as a furnace or a heat pump, works by warming air and then distributing that heated air throughout one’s home. This is not the case with a radiant heating system. A radiant heating system applies heat directly to surfaces in the home, such as your walls or floors, and that heat then radiates out into the living space. With a hydronic heating system, for instance, a boiler heats water, and that water is circulated throughout a system of tubes beneath the floor. Electric radiant heating may use cables in the floor or panels in the walls to the same effect. As the heat radiates out into the living space, it warms objects directly—everything from furniture to human bodies themselves.
Why Opt for Radiant Heating?
Forced air heating is often quick and effective, but it also generates some issues that radiant heating does not. Air quality, for instance, can be compromised when ductwork distributes pollutants throughout a house, or even in simply stirring up dirt and dust. Radiant heating doesn’t use forced air, and thus does not allow for such issues. Plus, radiant heating is quite efficient, as there is no risk of leaky ductwork wasting energy. If you think that radiant heating is right for you, dial our number today to get started.