Radiant in Residential

Radiant heating and forced air: A comparison of new and old

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 10:22

The real estate market is increasingly adopting energy efficient practices, as agents are beginning to realize that their customers want homes that are complete with green and sustainable technologies.

Radiant heating systems are one of these energy efficient products, and real estate professionals have been quick to realize that this alternative to forced air systems is much more appealing to potential homeowners.

Forced air and conventional heating systems require a large amount of energy use and attention to operate properly. Often, these products need a significant amount of time to heat up, and when they finally do, they do not distribute the warmth in an even manner.

This uneven distribution leads to a high amount of waste and requires people to turn the heat to a warmer setting in order to achieve a sufficient level of comfort.

Radiant heating systems limit the need for more energy use, as they do not require as high of a temperature to provide the same level of comfort. Because the heat is evenly distributed around a room, there are no pockets that are colder than others and energy does not have to be wasted by pumping more heat into a residence to counter this problem.

This lowers heating costs and limits the amount of emissions that are linked to the house, helping in both an environment-friendly and practical manner.

These radiant heating systems also help to limit the amount of pollutants and contaminants that are found in a home, as they do not require the bulky and often dirty fixtures that conventional heaters use to function. Radiators, heating ducts and air vents are not only an eyesore, but they store and then distribute dirty air particles around a residence when the system is turned on.