Green energy solutions, radiant heating reduce environmental footprint

Tue, 09/18/2012 - 15:45

The idea of energy efficiency is not something that has just emerged for people in the real estate market, but the notion has only gained significant momentum and recognition over the past several years.
Construction projects are now being focused on the idea of sustainability, and certain products are emerging as the top installations for new homes or additions to an older residence that is being renovated.
ENERGY STAR appliances, dual flush toilets and low-flow showerheads are some of the major installations that are occurring in existing homes, but people shouldn't rule out larger projects that involve technology like radiant heating systems, according to the Regina Leader-Post.
The news outlet reported that radiant heating is the most energy efficient way to heat a home, as it not only reduces energy costs, but also helps to make families more comfortable and presents fewer issues for people with allergies.
"You have tubing that runs through the floors," one industry expert told the Leader-Post. "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."
While many people may choose to adopt this technology and lower their monthly operating costs, it is still a practice among many in the real estate industry to install the less-efficient heating system that often causes more headaches and leads to increased energy expenditure.
"The conventional way to make heat is a natural gas boiler, or an electric boiler if someone doesn’t have natural gas or elects not to hook it up," the industry expert told the news outlet.