Radiant in Residential

Exploring the benefits of radiant heating: Efficiency for the modern consumer

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 16:17

There are many homeowners in America who are looking to make alterations to their residence or to start a retrofit project instead of moving to a new house, as the uneasy market and financial restrictions that exist have made investing in smaller projects more feasible for families in the U.S.
One of the easiest ways for a family to increase the value of their home and to make changes that help to lower the overall operating and upkeep costs is to install a radiant heating system. This technology limits waste and energy consumption while providing homeowners with a comfortable solution to winter heating needs.
"It is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because no energy is lost through ducts," the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers noted about the advantages of the technology.
The DOE's Energy Savers website also noted that the technology also helps to limit the amount of damage that is normally done by conventional heating systems with regards to irritating particles being blown around a room.
Not only are these products safe, quiet and more efficient, but the comfort level within a home is increased because the heat is spread out more evenly than a conventional heater.
"Radiators and other forms of ‘point’ heating circulate heat inefficiently and hence need to run for longer periods to obtain comfort levels," the Residential Energy Services Network noted. "They draw cold air across the floor and send warm air up to the ceiling, where it then falls, heating the room from the top down, creating drafts and circulating dust and allergens."