Radiant heat systems are gaining in popularity as a more energy-efficient alternative to the more traditional heating methods. To find out if a radiant system can provide the comfort and savings you’re looking for, you need to know about the different types of installations and benefits they provide.
The basic premise behind radiant heating systems is that they supply heat for your house via panels that are installed in your walls, ceiling or floors. The radiation permeates through your living spaces and warms them, similar to how heat from your oven can warm your entire kitchen. They don’t rely on ductwork to deliver the heat so they are much more efficient than forced-air systems.
One of the most popular methods is the hydronic (hot water) radiant floor system. They are priced affordably and have simple installations, two of the main factors accounting for their popularity. They work by distributing warm water boiled by a heater through a series of tubes installed underneath your floor. The water will continue to flow through these tubes until your home reaches the temperature where you’ve set your thermostat.
Another type of installation is known as a “wet install.” This entails embedding a series of tubes (in a water-based system) or cables (in an electric system) in a concrete slab in your basement or under your floors. “Dry installs” are similar but instead of having the tubes or cables in a slab, they are simply placed in an air space beneath your floor. This makes for a cheaper and easier installation but, because they have to heat the entire air space, the operating costs are a bit higher.
The best way to determine which radiant heating system is best for your home is to consult a reputable HVAC contractor. For all of the methods, the cost will vary based on the size and location of your house.
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