Radiant in Residential

Minnesota home employs eco-friendly technology

Tue, 07/12/2011 - 09:21

Many families throughout the country are making the switch to a radiant heating system in an effort to capitalize on the eco-friendly and practical nature of the technology.

A Minnesota woman has decided to turn her house into a more modern version of the American dream. Instead of the white picket fence, Mary Spear decided to utilize modern technology to build a residence that would be efficient and aesthetically pleasing, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

While she favored the use of low ceilings and strategically placed windows to avoid installing and using an air-conditioning system, Spear also wanted to be environmentally conscious when deciding how to heat her Minnesota home during the cold winter months, the news source reported.

Spear and her family decided to install a radiant heating system throughout the floor of her entire house to provide heat during the harsh Minnesota winter at little cost to her pocketbook or the environment, the Star-Tribune reported.

The lack of energy that is lost through ducts, the time in which it takes the hydronic floors to heat the house compared to other radiant heating methods and the cleanliness of the air are some of the advantages to this type of home system, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.