Radiant in Residential

Radiant heating could solve icicle issue

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 11:29

Every winter, people in northern regions prepare themselves for the bitter cold that inevitably arrives, but this season has been especially chilly. The polar vortex, which is a large sprawling area of circulating cold air from the North Pole, has been descending on areas of the U.S. - specifically, the Northeast and Upper Midwest. The result? Record-breaking temperatures and -30 to -60 wind chill factors.Recently, the arctic temperatures have combined with a series of snowstorms, leaving many businesses and homes adorned with icicles. They might be nice to look at, but they come with some hazards. Not only can icicles damage your property, but they also put you and your family's safety at risk. WBIW reported that experts say large icicles may be an indicator of heat and energy loss within the house, which typically occurs through an attic. When heat rises to the roof, it melts the snow into water, and once that water refreezes, it turns into icicles. The problem with these beautiful structures is that their weight can cause them to fall on their own, potentially harming someone standing below. Additionally, when icicles become this heavy, they can take the gutters down with them, leading to costly repairs.Stopping stratification
WBIW asserted that one of the best ways to prevent heat from escaping your house is to make sure your attic is well insulated. You can also pour calcium chloride onto your roof to melt the frozen water. The best method for preventing this problem altogether, though, is radiant heating. A traditional forced air system releases hot air at a temperature of about 120 to 140 degrees. That air quickly rises to the ceiling, meaning the zone near your attic and roof may be 10 degrees warmer than the air on your ground floor. A hot ceiling right below a cold roof means there is bound to be a considerable amount of heat loss. Prevent this stratification effect with radiant heating, which ensures that your home is evenly heated from floor to ceiling. As a result, you don't have to worry about spending on costly insulation upgrades - and more importantly, you can avoid the icicle effect.One of the best aspects of high-quality radiant design is that it can be customized based on the weather history of your geographical location. So if snow and ice are a major concern, your heating system can be tailored to address any problems that might arise.

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