Green Building

Go green with radiant heating

Tue, 10/16/2012 - 14:55

Many Americans are looking to improve the energy efficiency of their home. Individuals debating retrofitting their home with green technologies may want to consider the merits of installing a radiant heating system under the floorboards to reduce the operational costs associated with controlling the temperature inside a house.

The Leader-Post reports that radiant heating is the most energy-efficient home heating method currently available on the market.

According the United States Department of Energy, radiant heating is more efficient than traditional baseboard heating and forced-air heating because it limits duct energy loss. The heating solution allows warmth to seep up from the floorboards and fill the entire room with a consistent and steady releasing mechanism - in contrast to the spurts and rattling of older heating methods.

The unique design of the system uses little electricity, which can decrease utility bills and limit the carbon footprint associated with a property.

There are no air vents or baseboard radiators taking up room and distracting from a home's decor with radiant heating. Instead, the energy-efficient technology relies on a versatile transport system to carry warmth around a room or entire house.
"You have tubing that runs through the floors," Lyle Weichel of WestSource told the news source. "An important note is that radiant heating can be used in all the floors in the home. It can be used under carpet, hardwood, or other types of flooring - there are just some special design considerations to be made."
Homeowners intending to reduce the presence of out-dated technology in their home can start by removing an outdated heating system. By switching to radiant heating homeowners are making a green investment with impressive benefits.