Radiant heating systems function in a very different manner than traditional forced air heating systems. Radiant heating systems pass on heat through radiation rather than heating air that circulates through vents.
People and objects in the heated area feel the warming effect much sooner than with a conventional heating system that utilizes a fan to circulate hot air. Radiant heat eliminates the inefficient heat loss created by rising heat, as warmth is not distributed through the air. These systems are allergy-friendly, while forced air pushes allergens throughout the house.
One of the reasons people like radiant heating so much, is because heat can be adjusted for individual rooms to the temperature that you want with a programmable thermostat. Not only does this allow you to have the ability to customize your comfort room-by-room, but it also converts into significant energy savings and costs.
Popular residential radiant home heating system include: in-floor heating, wall heaters and ceiling heaters for garages and workshops.
To understand and appreciate how a radiant heater works, it's best to do a comparison with how a forced air heater works.
Radiant Heaters generate heat internally and radiates that heat to nearby objects and people.
Forced Air Heaters uses an internal mechanism (usually a fan or blower) to blow heated air through a series of ducts into an area until it raises the temperature of the air in the whole room.
Wall mounted radiant heaters offer heat that is more balanced than ceiling and floor heaters, and take up no floor space.
Quite often used in bathrooms and basements, in-floor radiant heat systems are installed directly underneath the floor surface.
Radiant tube heaters are installed on the ceiling and provide heat to objects directly below. They are often used in garages and workshops.
Radiant heaters can utilize energy from several different sources to produce heat. Today's radiant heater systems are basically divided into three categories: electric radiant systems, hydronic radiant systems, and air-based radiant systems.
Overall, hydronic radiant heat systems continue to be the most popular because of their cost-effectiveness and efficiency, especially in colder climates.
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Radiant in-floor heating works simply by using hot water running through pipes under your floors to create heat underneath your feet. Radiant floor heating is simply Pex tubing laid & locked in place over a surface area where each tube is laid in a specific pattern to maximize floor coverage equally. Each run of Pex tubing is called a loop, and each loop is connected through a manifold to pumps and a boiler system that propel hot water through the pex tubing continuously as heat is required.
You can get a good idea of the quality of a radiant floor install by how equally spaced out each pex tube is laid out. When radiant floor heating is correctly installed there will not be any cold spots or hot spots in the room – the heat will be consistent. However, if done incorrectly you end up with cold spots in the room, warped flooring where too much heat is being released, and various other issues.
The only problems with this form of radiant heating is that it can cost quite a bit to have the system installed, and maintenance can be difficult. In all honesty, it is one of the most expensive heating systems to install in your property – but operations can become more cost effective in the long run, and there are several health benefits to having radiant floor heating that out weight the initial installation costs. In fact, one of the reasons people like radiant in-floor heating so much, is because it doesn’t spread dust, dirt, and allergens throughout the house.
Another great feature of under-floor radiant heating, is that different rooms through out the house can be set at different temperatures with a programmable thermostat. Not only does this allow you to have the ability to customize your comfort room-by-room, but it also converts into significant energy savings and costs.
If your hydronic heating system isn’t producing sufficient heat or you are interested in having a radiant heating system installed, contact KaiTech Plumbing & Heating today for all your hydronic heating needs.
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