Posts Tagged ‘Radiant Heating’

I Hear a Lot about Radiant Heat – What Is It?

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Radiant heat has become very popular, mostly because it is associated with toasty floors in the middle of winter. This isn’t exactly wrong, but it isn’t the full picture of what radiant heat really is or how it can be used in your home. The heating specialists at Comfort Central, Inc., have a lot of years of experience with different radiant heating systems, so we can give you a quick overview of the two types of radiant heating systems available to homeowners. (more…)

Create a Healthier Home With Radiant Heating

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Heat transfers from one place to another in three different ways. Convection is heat moving through air, water, or other fluid. Conduction is heat moving through contact. Radiation is heat moving as charged particles traveling from a heated surface to other surfaces. Radiant heat is what you feel when you sense heat coming from a rock warmed by the sun, for example.

Radiant heating for a home can come from hydronic floor heating, where heated water in a boiler runs through pipes built into the floorboards and raises the floor’s temperature. Boilers can also provide radiant heating through baseboard heaters or radiators. Radiant heating doesn’t have to come through hydronic power: electrical heating elements in panels can also provide it, although hydronic systems are more popular because they cost less to run.

To find out more about systems that provide radiant heat in Waynesville, NC and the surrounding areas, contact the knowledgeable HVAC technicians at Comfort Central, Inc. If you believe that a radiant heater is right for your home, we will make sure that you receive the ideal system and install it so that it works at its best.

The Health Benefits of Radiant Heating

There are many reasons to consider a radiant heater over a standard forced-air system (such as a furnace or heat pump). One of the best advantages that radiant heating has is that it promotes a healthier indoor environment.

Most forced-air heating uses ductwork to send air to rooms. Ductwork has the drawback of collecting dust, dirt, pollen, dander, debris, and even bacteria and viruses. This leads to poor quality air circulating through a home. But radiant heating does not use ducts of any kind, and the heat moves from one object to the other without any air currents that can pick up dust and dirt. The heat that comes off a radiator, an electrical heat panel, or a heated floorboard will carry no contamination in it, and that means a reduced spread of dust and dirt and other pollutants through a home.

Radiant heating is especially beneficial for the health of people in a household who suffer from asthma or allergies. If you switch from a furnace or heat pump to a radiant heating system, you will find that allergy and asthma symptoms in the home will noticeably decline. Radiant heating will also help slow the spread of pet dander through a house.

Installing radiant heating is a large job and often requires the removal of construction material to put down panels and pipes. You will need the assistance of the team at Comfort Central, Inc. to take care of the work. Call us today and let us help your home in Waynesville, NC with radiant heat that will keep your family comfortable and healthy.

How Radiant Floor Heating Can Save You Money

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

The concept of using hot water to heat homes has been around for over a thousand years, the prevalence of forced air systems has caused radiant heating to remain a fringe option for many homeowners. This is unfortunate, as radiant floor heating actually has quite a lot going for it. Read on to find out how radiant floor heating can save you money.

How it Works

Radiant floor heating involves the installation of water pipes in the walls or subfloor of each room you want to be heated. This network of pipes is then hooked up to a central boiler. The boiler heats and distributes water through this pipe system. As the water flows through these pipes, it transmits its heat through them, the wall or floor, and into the room. This is the reason that the system is called “radiant heating,” because the heat radiates through solid objects.

Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating operates in a very different way from the forced air systems common to most homes. In order to understand radiant heating’s benefits, it is best to understand some of forced air systems’ drawbacks.

When warm air is blown into a room by a forced air system, it naturally rises to the top of the room. As the air cools, it sinks back down to the floor. This often creates uncomfortable cold spots in rooms heated by forced air systems. Forced air systems also lose a great deal of their heat to leaks in the ductwork, as much as 30%, according to the US Department of Energy.

Radiant heating systems avoid both of these drawbacks through their delivery methods. By transmitting heat through solid objects instead of air, radiant heating systems evenly heat the entire room instead of creating cold spots. By avoiding ductwork, radiant heating transports far more heat to the target destination. These two things make radiant heating systems far more energy efficient. By using less energy, radiant heating systems can save you far more money than forced air systems can.

If you’d like to know more about our professional radiant heat services, call Comfort Central, Inc. to speak with one of our qualified technicians or schedule a service appointment today. Our heating professionals cover all of Waynesville.