Radiant heating has long been a bit of a secret among homeowners. Though the technique at the core of radiant heating has been used since the Roman Empire was in power, the popularity of forced air heating systems has kept radiant heating somewhat in the background of the heating market. In an effort to dispel some of the mystery around radiant heating systems, let’s take a look at how they work. We’ll also tell you about some of their distinct advantages, and why you may want to consider installing one.
What is Radiant Heating?
The term “radiant heating” refers to a boiler-based system that heats a home by distributing hot water. This may not sound that much different from a water heater, and for the most part it isn’t. The difference is that a radiant system heats an entire room, not just the water coming out of the faucet.
Radiant heating installation involves installing a water pipe network into the subfloor of each room. These pipes are then connected to a central boiler.
How it Works
When the heat is turned on, the boiler heats and distributes water throughout the house. As the hot water flows through the pipes underneath the floor, they transmit thermal energy through the floor and into each room. This is why the system is called “radiant heating,” because the heat radiates up through the floor. The thermal energy is transmitted from object to object, eventually heating the whole room.
Why Install Radiant Heating?
There are any number of reasons to install radiant heating instead of forced air systems. Radiant heating is much more efficient than forced air, both at heating a room and saving energy. Water is a much more efficient thermal conductor than air is, meaning that the radiant system can deliver more heat to a location than a forced air system can.
Radiant systems can also heat a room much more evenly and comfortably than a forced air system. When warm air is blown into a room, it floats to the top. This leaves the bottom half of the room much colder and uncomfortable. Radiant heating moves from the floor upwards, and doesn’t use air as a medium for transmitting heat. This makes the room much more comfortable close to the floor, where people can benefit from it.
If you’d like to know more, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. Our heating experts cover all of Canton.