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 b radiant heating,b 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 heatingb s benefits, it is best to understand some of forced air systemsb 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.
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