Top 3 questions about radiant heating, answered

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 07:51

There are many reasons that radiant heating has become increasingly popular in recent years. For one, it offers a more pleasant environment - as warmth is coming up from the floor, you don't have to feel chilly when you lower your thermostat a few degrees. Additionally, hot air is less likely to collect near the ceiling, meaning the temperature of the room is more consistent. As more people realize that they can warm their homes more comfortably and cost-effectively with floor heating, they have been rapidly trading out their legacy systems for these energy-efficient counterparts. Still, some may be considering these systems with some questions in mind. It's a significant decision to change your heating system, and definitely requires careful consideration. If you're still having some second thoughts, here are answers to some frequent questions about floor heating:Q: Is floor heating really more comfortable?A: You'll definitely notice a difference with these systems because, instead of simply pumping heat into the room, the air radiates from the floor upward to instantly warm your entire body. Traditional systems that involve baseboard radiators and air vents blow dust around the room, which can cause a lot of problems, particularly if you have allergies. Additionally, hot air blasting throughout the room can lead to excessively dry skin in the wintertime. You'll also notice a significant difference in heat stratification, where hot air rises and collects near the ceiling. That means you don't have to deal with a too hot upstairs and a chilly downstairs. Instead, room temperatures are consistently comfortable throughout. Not to mention that as your heating needs fluctuate throughout the day, these systems can respond accordingly so that your space is always the perfect temperature.Q: How is radiant heating more environmentally-friendly?A: If you're thinking about going green, radiant heating offers an array of eco-conscious benefits. First of all, panels are designed to work at low water temperatures, which means lower consumption of natural gas, propane and electricity. Not to mention,  these systems can vastly improve the air quality of your home as there aren't as many dust particles and allergens floating around the room.It doesn't make sense to heat your entire house when you're only in one room. A floor heating system can be installed with separately zoned thermostats so that only certain areas of your home are heated depending on your needs. That means you're wasting less energy.Additionally, APA-approved radiant heating systems can be customized and combined with the structural subfloor. As a result, less labor is used and less materials are wasted, thus reducing environmental impact in the production, shipment and installation process.Q: Will this system save me money?

A: Indeed, there is an initial investment that must be made for radiant heating, but the system also comes with significant savings in the long term. The costs of energy are continually on the rise, and as these systems can minimize energy use, you can realize considerably lower utility bills every month. Over the course of several years, those savings can add up to a substantial amount. Other systems often use excessive quantities of water at temperatures as high as 140 degrees or more. Alternatively, radiant heating can work effectively using water temperatures near 108 degrees. Because the system functions with lower water temperatures, you can also ensure that the mechanical components will last longer, preserving your investment. Lastly, floor heating is designed to last as long as your home, so you won't have to worry about shelling out additional funds to replace any materials.