So many people complain that though they may be warm, their extremities are always cold. The solution? An in-floor radiant heating system that keeps feet and toes toasty. There’s nothing quite like walking around barefoot when it’s cold outside.
Most consumers are aware of radiant floor heating, but often are not aware that the same system can heat walls and even ceilings. The system is connected to a boiler with tubing running throughout different areas of the home. Many clients prefer the feel of a hydronic system because the structure of the house becomes warm and stays warm longer than just heating air.
How Does Radiant Heating Work?
Radiant heating requires a hydronic heating system. This involves tubing that runs throughout the building. The tubing is typically hidden from site inside the walls, under floors and inside attics or crawl spaces. The tubing is connected to a boiler that handles the heating and delivery of hot water. Once heated water is delivered to the area of the house that needs it, walls, floors and ceilings (depending on the complexity of your system) are heated to a comfortable temperature that feels more natural than hot air. One main advantage is that water inside tubing stays hot much longer while hot air dissipates very quickly.
Why Consider Radiant Heating?
- There are many advantages to a radiant heating system. The main reason people love it is because they love the feel of a warm surface against their skin. There’s nothing quite like it.
- Another advantage is that you don’t have the interruption of a loud furnace firing up and forcing air through whistling ducts.
- One very large advantage for allergy sufferers is that dirty air is not forced throughout the building. The air inside ducting can carry all sorts of contaminants to include allergens, fungi and bacteria.
- One large drawback of a furnace system is the loss of hot air through ducting. Most ducting is installed with gaps between connections which means you are heating areas of the building that are actually sealed off like attics, crawlspaces and walls.
- A warm surface that heats the entire space feels more natural than hot air blowing at you.