Radiant heating is the movement of heat from one heated object to another, traveling through the space in between without heating that space. When you stand on black asphalt in the sun and feel the heat coming off the surface, that is an example of radiant heating.
In a home, a radiant heating system in any system that doesn’t rely on forced air distributed through ductwork or wall-mounted blowers, but instead sends heat to warm up objects inside the rooms, which then radiates the warmth to the rest of the objects in the room—particularly the people. The most common form of radiant heating is hydronic: water is heated in a boiler, then sent through pipes set down in the floorboards. The floorboards warm up and radiate waves of heat up into the rooms. This type of heating has been popular for years in Europe, and is now appearing more frequently in the U.S. because of its numerous benefits.
Here are 3 of the primary advantages of radiant heating installation in Loveland, CO. We will answer all your questions and help you discover if radiant heating is a good choice for your home.
3 benefits of radiant heating
- Clean heat: Because radiant heating does not use ductwork, there is no chance of the heat entering the rooms to pick up dust, dirt, and other contamination. Your home won’t suffer a drop in its indoor air quality with radiant heating. This is especially beneficial if there are people in your household who have allergies or asthma.
- Energy efficiency: Radiant heating moves rapidly through a room, rising from the floor and filling up the space more efficiently than forced-air heaters, which blow out the air from vents that then gathers at the ceiling. You will need to run radiant heating much less often than a standard furnace or heat pump, and that makes them long-term money savers.
- Cozier heat: Although it’s harder to define, radiant floor heating simply feels better than forced-air heating. There are few sensations more comforting than to have toasty warmth under your feet on a chilly morning, and people who have radiant heating often describe the feeling as like receiving direct warmth from the sun. (The sun itself is a good example of radiant heating.)
Installing a radiant heating system works easiest for new home construction, but it is also possible to retro-fit a current home to enjoy these benefits. Talk to the Loveland, CO radiant heating installation experts at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning to find out further details. Even if radiant heating isn’t the best choice for your home, we will find an efficient and cozy alternative that is.
To find out more about the practicality of installing radiant heating in your home, call our experts at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today.