Radiant in Residential

Go green this winter with cost-saving tips

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 16:52

It's that time of year again, homeowners across the nation have begun the process of shutting up all of the windows and turning on the heat. After all, with less than a week away to Thanksgiving, we all need to stay warm and comfortable to prepare for the holiday. While the holiday season may bring a lot of joy, it also tends to cause a bit of stress for most people. The meals, decorations and presents can create strain on homeowners who are trying to stay on a tight budget. That's why it is important to invest in a number of cost saving solutions to ward off the stress and strife that can be created each year during the holidays. The right investments in materials, technologies and various systems can help a homeowner reduce the cost of running the home each month by reducing energy consumption and thereby the monthly utility bills. Here are a few of the best cost-saving measures a homeowner can participate in:
1) Purchase a smart thermostat. There's nothing worse than coming home to a house that is freezing cold after a long day at work. However, many homeowners don't want to run the heat all day at full blast when no one is in the house. A smart thermostat allows a homeowner to set the heating system to a timer so that the heat starts being created at a higher temperature when a person is actually going to be home to appreciate it and can be scheduled to turn on right before a homeowner's arrival so that the house is toasty. By reducing the temperature the heating system is set to during the working hours and even during the middle of the night when people are bundled up in bed, a person is better able to reduce the utility bills each month because energy consumption is actually being decreased.
2) Invest in a radiant floor heating system. Unlike more traditional heating systems, radiant floor heating provides both exceptional comfort and energy-efficiency. The eco-friendly technology provides heat in a consistent manner, which decreases the occurrence of heat loss through the walls, floors and ceiling of a home. Traditional forced hot air systems that use either vents, baseboard units or radiators are known for pushing hot air out sporadically, which can significantly decrease the comfort a homeowner will feel from the system. The consistent and constant presence of warmth that radiates through the floors is able to produce a restful, relaxing atmosphere in a property. In addition, a radiant floor heating system is able to be installed in various different zones throughout the house. This means that if there is part of the property that is being used less or a homeowner prefers this area cold, he or she is able to set the thermostat temperature at a different level in one part of the home than others. A radiant floor heating system also applies warmth to the lower half of a room and makes direct contact with a person, which means that someone will feel warmer even if the thermostat is set a few degrees lower than what would be necessary for the same level of comfort with a forced hot air system.
3) Buy thermal curtains. If the windows in a home are a little older than brand new, it's not uncommon for heat to escape through the panes of glass. A homeowner can save money this winter by purchasing thermal blinds that are rated to decreased the transfer of heat or cool air. This is an exceptionally easy solution that can reduce energy loss significantly.