As the days get shorter and the mercury begins to dip, many are reaching for the dial on their heaters and flicking on their fireplace to fight the chill in the air.
With rising energy costs, radiant heating is one of the most comfortable and efficient ways to heat your home. Heat is distributed evenly, which means that no spot in the room is ever too cool, too hot or too drafty. Doesn’t that sound cozy?
Unlike conventional methods such as radiators (mostly convection heating), radiant heating heats a building through radiant heat. While it sounds super modern, radiant heating dates all the way back to the Roman Empire – under-floor radiant heating has also been used for centuries in Korea and China.
Whether it’s underfloor heating systems, wall heating systems or radiant ceiling panels, a radiant heating system has many advantages to keep in mind.
From saving you hard-earned money and eliminating those pesky pollutants to having more options when it comes to decorating your living space, there are numerous reasons why radiant heating continues to be a number one heating option for homeowners around the globe.
Not convinced yet? Here are just 7 reasons why you should choose radiant heating for your home-sweet-home:
1. High Efficiency
Radiant heating systems are more efficient to operate than electric baseboard units because all of the heating energy is directed to the living space, not heating the air along the walls.
2. Radiant Heating Is Economical
According to a 1998 study by Kansas State University and the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, a typical radiant heated home can expect a 25% energy savings over a conventional forced air home.
The costs of having radiant heating installed is also more affordable to the average homeowner than one might think.
3. Less Pollutants & Dust
With no large amounts of air blown around the room, dust, pollen, and other contaminants are considerably reduced. It also reduces the amount of outdoor pollutants thanks to the conservation of fossil fuels. According to the United States Department of Energy, many people with allergies often prefer radiant heating systems because it decreases the chance of allergy attacks to common allergens like pollen or dust. Thus, by making that switch to a radiant heating system, you can protect yourself and your family members from the ill effects of allergies.
4. No Limitations on Furniture Arrangement or Window Treatments
There’s more than one way to arrange your furniture, but that’s not always the case when air vents or baseboard heaters are in the room. With radiant heating, you’ll no longer have to worry about either getting in your way, which means you can arrange your bedroom set, couch, kitchen table, etc. as you wish. You also won’t have to worry about the possibility of your curtains or blinds catching on fire. With radiant heating, it’s all buried below your feet.
5. No Noise
Forget about noisy fans, pinging pipes from convective systems or popping ductwork, radiant heating is so quiet, you’ll forget it’s even there.
6. No Odors
Come winter, most homes are filled with that strange burning smell. Do you know what we’re talking about? For those who don’t have radiant heating in their abodes, it’s the offensive smell of dust burning on radiators and heaters that haven’t been used for six months or longer. With radiant heating, that’s a distant memory you can kiss goodbye.
7. No Regular Cleaning of Filters or Ducts Required
Be honest – when’s the last time you cleaned your air ducts? By neglecting this dreaded task, mold and dust will continue to circulate throughout your house. With radiant heating you can eliminate air ducts and the dreaded task of cleaning them for good.
8. The Ultimate Comfort
Forget slippers -toasty, warm floors on a cold day is the ultimate luxury. Radiant heaters eliminates drafty floors, providing consistent heat throughout the room so you’ll be comfortable from head-to-toe.
With these seven convincing reasons in mind, isn’t it time you made the switch to radiant heating? In addition to slashing your heat and energy bills, you’ll up the comfort level of your home and take comfort in knowing you and your family are breathing in more refreshing, energy efficient air.