Materials & Technology

Winterizing a home, technology to help reduce the cold during winter months

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 12:25

The winter months can bring a family closer through the chance to partake in a number of activities in the snow and because of the many holidays that take place during this time. However, if a home is not properly heated with technology like radiant heating, this time of year can bring more pain than comfort.

Space heaters can be dangerous and conventional heating systems are costly due to the amount of money that is required to run this technology on a constant basis over the course of an entire winter.

According to NBC 3 WLBT, a space heater can cause a fire, as homeowners can sometimes forget to shut off these products and the resulting overheating that occurs will often lead to a dangerous flame.

Conventional heaters will often use too much energy and provide an inconsistent source of heat. The temperature difference between the floor and ceiling is often more than 10 degrees, while a radiant heating system limits this to two-to-three degrees.

A radiant heating system can also help to eliminate parasitic loss of heat, as the gaps and holes in heating vents, air ducts and radiators that exist for conventional systems are not present in the more modern radiant technology.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, a radiant system can provide a comfortable warmth but will also help to limit the use of energy because of its design. A floor is no longer a cold surface and homeowners can often feel the heat rise off the bottom level of the house.

A radiant system that is installed as part of a subfloor can be put under any type of surface, allowing homeowners to still use a trendy type of flooring.