Ask the Pros: What is Radiant Heating?
Heating your home effectively is a must here in Colorado, where winter weather can and will get quite cold indeed. If you are ready to install a heating system in a brand new property, or if you want to replace your existing heating system with something new, then you should definitely consider a radiant heating system. You can enjoy a dependable and efficient heating performance—provided that you work with a qualified HVAC company in Aurora, CO.
In today’s post, we are going to help you better understand how it is that radiant heating works, as well as some reasons why you may choose to utilize radiant heating rather than forced air heating in your home. As is the case with any heater, of course, radiant heating is not going to be ideal for every single homeowner or every single home. If you think that it may be right for you and yours, however, we’re the pros to call.
Heat Surfaces, Not Air
No one is going to tell you that forced air heating systems are not worth your consideration, because that is just not true. A heat pump or furnace can heat your home effectively and quickly. The method of radiant heating differs greatly, though, and has some different benefits to offer.
First of all, a radiant heating system does not use ductwork and it is does not heat air. Instead, heat is applied directly to surfaces in the home. There are a few ways of doing this, including electric resistance setups, but the preferred method is hydronic in-floor radiant heating. In such a system, a boiler heats water. That water is then circulated throughout the house via a system to tubes. These tubes are installed beneath the floor. The heat from the water transfers to the surface of the floor in those areas where the system reaches.
Why Heat This Way?
So why opt for a radiant heating system? As you can imagine, it is a more involved installation process. First of all, there is a simple fact that heat naturally rises. When you pump hot air into a cold room, you run the risk of having that hot air rise to the ceiling. It’s not really going to do any good up there, especially if you have high ceilings. (Pro-tip: This is why you should run your ceiling fans, if you have them, on their winter setting!)
By heating the floor, you keep the heat down in the living space where it belongs. Not only does it keep your feet warm, but the heat radiates out to objects throughout the house. It can take a little longer to really take the chill out of the room if starting from a cold temperature, but many people enjoy the comfort more. It also eliminates the risk of energy loss via duct leaks, and there are simply fewer moving parts to break down.