Breaking down the cost advantages of radiant heating

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 14:06

One of the main concerns people have when switching their traditional heating system to radiant heating floor panels is costs. Of course, the aim of opting for this alternative heating system is to reduce monthly bills for long-term savings year after year. Whether or not you have serious concerns about your environmental impact, the potential savings that come with this switch is one of the main benefits to consider. So just how can radiant heating help your wallet?Preserved machinery
Other heating systems require excessive amounts of water, which must be heated to 140 degrees and higher. These excessively high temperatures cause a lot of distress to system components, causing them to age and break down faster. That means that you'll have to replace them in a shorter span of time. On the other hand, radiant heating uses water temperatures closer to 108 degrees, thus extending the life of all mechanical parts and increasing their reliability. Not to mention, you'll also protect your hardwood floors with this kind of system. By ensuring the floorboards are heated to an even temperature, you could minimize internal stress, and ward off costly floor repairs.Reduced stratification
If you need proof that you'll see tangible cost benefits from switching to radiant heating, consider the fact that a typical home can see 25 to 40 percent energy savings. How does this system have such a powerful impact? Radiant heat greatly reduces stratification, which refers to the process of heat rising and collecting on the upper levels of your home. When stratification happens, your top floor may feel too hot, while your bottom floor is still too chilly, forcing you to crank up the heat to make sure all areas of the house are somewhat comfortable. Alternatively, floor heating uses lower water temperatures while promoting a more even temperature throughout your house.Improved response
The fact is, your heating needs fluctuate based on the season and even the weather on a day-to-day basis. On top of that, you might be spending more time in one area of your house, meaning heat to other rooms is wasted. At night, the temperature may drop, meaning you'll need more heat than you will in the morning to feel comfortable. Radiant heating is smarter and more responsive than a traditional forced air system. It can rapidly adjust to meet your changing needs so that not only do you save energy and money, but the temperature always feels perfect. You can even use a nighttime setback feature on a programmable thermostat, ensuring that your home automatically transitions back to the desired temperature by the time you wake up.Greater flexibility
One of the main advantages of a radiant heat system is that it gives you the freedom to leverage condensing boilers and water heaters as well as other high-efficiency heat sources. The more of these technologies you utilize, the more potential energy can be saved. With condensing boilers, the water vapor in the flue gases turns into droplets on the heat exchanger, thus maximizing the energy that is extracted from each cubic foot of natural gas or gallon of fuel oil.