If you’re investigating radiant heating, you may have heard that it’s only possible to have it installed in warmer weather. That was the case when the heating mechanism had to be set into a freshly-poured concrete slab that had to cure.
The latest innovations make it possible to install radiant heating year-round so you can choose a system that best matches your needs. The two most popular types today are:
- Hydronic systems are most often used for whole-home heating. They use a boiler to heat water to 100–120 degrees, which is then pumped through tubing installed in cement on top of your existing slab, or stapled to a subfloor. Prefabricated subfloor panels with the tubing already inside are the most recent innovation.
- Electric radiant heating is ideal for installation in one room, or in an addition if the main heating system can’t be extended. The heat source is electric-resistance cables laid between a subfloor and your flooring. Nowadays, you can purchase conductive plastic mats and rolls of various sizes with the cables already embedded.
Radiant Heating Benefits
When you have radiant heating installed, you can enjoy benefits like:
- Consistent comfort. Radiant heat creates a soothing warmth that spreads up through the floor, into the walls and even your furnishings. This does away with any comfort issues like cold spots and temperature inconsistencies.
- Healthier air quality. Since radiant systems don’t distribute heat by moving air, there are fewer allergens, irritants and pollutants circulated in the air you breathe.
- Improved heating efficiency. With a forced-air system, as much as 30 percent of its output gets lost to conduction and leakage in the ducts. This waste doesn’t occur with a radiant system, so it heats more efficiently.
- Trouble-free zoning. If you have a two-story or larger home that needs zoned heating, it’s easy to accomplish when your new hydronic system is being installed. If you put electric radiant heat in just one room, it’s immediately an independent heating zone.
For advice about whether it’s beneficial to install radiant heating in your Grand Traverse County home, contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about radiant heating and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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