Winter is on its way, and now is the time to install a new heating system in your home. The weather is still cool, and you’ll have time to select a heating system that works for your home. Newer homes in the area often used forced-air furnaces to stay warm, but older homes with older systems might not be able to consider adding the necessary ducts.
Radiant heating systems, on the other hand, provide comprehensive heating solutions without the need for ducts. How do they work and what kind of benefits do they provide? Read on for the answers.
Heating from Beneath the Floors
Radiant heating systems work by heating the room from the floor up. The term “radiant” refers to heat that moves through solid objects: transferring heat via electromagnetic waves instead of blowing hot air around. The heater entails a series of coils or pipes – either electrical or filled with heated circulating water – to create the heat, which gradually elevates the temperature through the furnishings and feet of the inhabitants.
What to Expect
Installation of a radiant heating system means an initial assessment of the home and a discussion of what will need to take place to put the system in. That usually means removing the furniture in every room into which radiant heating will be installed, and removing the floorboards to install the system, before putting everything back. It’s a time-intensive process and requires planning beforehand, which is why starting the process now when we still have a few weeks or relatively warm weather, makes the most sense.
The Benefits You Can Enjoy
The cost and time and general effort required to install a radiant heating becomes much easier to understand when you look at the immense benefits a radiant heating system provides. They can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Comprehensive Heating. Homes built before the advent of air conditioning may not be able to support traditional ducts, and thus might have had to leave parts of their home unheated. Radiant heating systems provide comprehensive heating for the whole home in many cases, without having to rely on ducts.
- More Efficient Heating. Radiant heating is much less wasteful than forced air heating, since it moves the heat around without needing a fan or a blower. As a result, your heating bills will be much lower every month when compared to comparable use from a forced-air furnace. That can benefit any home with radiant heating, though especially larger homes with high monthly heating bills.
- No Breeze. Forced-air furnaces rely on moving the air in the home around. This can create issues like drafts and warm spots, especially in older homes. Radiant heating eliminates that, since it has no need to use a fan. That can also improve the health of your household, since the system doesn’t circulation germs, dust or similar contaminants.
If you need a new heating system and a forced-air furnace doesn’t sound right, call Cooling Air Unlimited, Inc for quality radiant heater installation throughout Boston, MA!