Imagine a warm sunny day. Sitting beside the pool, you feel the warm rays of the sun shining down on you, heating your skin. You take off your slippers and take a dip in the pool. After, you go for a walk on the asphalt pavement and can feel the heat not shining down but lifting off the ground.
What you feel is known as radiant heat. There are many ways to heat your home. Radiant heat is one method that starts from under your feet and rises with the air. Keep reading to learn more about how a radiant heating system works and why this system may be best for your home.
What is Radiant Heating?
Let’s start with what radiant heat is. This form of heating happens when the heat comes off a surface. A natural example of this would be the heat coming off an asphalt surface on a hot, sunny day. In a home, radiant heat is another way to warm up. Hot water bubbles its way through the pipes below your floors that then heat up the floorboards. The heat trickles up until your rooms are nice and comfortable. Radiant heat can also come through radiators or baseboards.
Now let’s go through several reasons why radiant heat might be right for your home.
1. Level Up Your Air Quality
Summer is great for airing out your home. But when the weather turns cold for winter, the windows stay shut. It’s not just your family who are stuck inside - the air and contaminants are also trapped inside to wait for the spring. A forced-air system pushes these contaminants around your home and into your face, whereas radiant heating doesn’t spread these allergens all over.
2. Warm Up Your Feet
Radiant heat gives you a warm feeling from the ground up! The floor is often the chilliest place because heat rises. With radiant heat, your feet will be the first to get the warmth. Keeping warm feet is especially nice for those with poor circulation, including older people and those with diabetes.
3. Waste Less Time on Repairs
Especially during this pandemic, it is great to avoid strangers coming into your home. There is some upkeep, but in general, radiant heat systems will need less maintenance because they are often more durable than other heating systems.
4. Help the Environment and Your Wallet
Could you use some extra cash in your wallet for the holidays? With a radiant heating system, your heating bill will drop. Radiant heaters are quicker and lose less heat while circulating, cutting out efficiencies and keeping your home warm with less effort.
Radiant Heat Installed by Professionals Solves Heating Problems
For those used to forced-air heating, there is another way. Experience the benefits of an efficient, comfortable heating system when you have a radiant heating system installed. Make sure to work with professional, licensed HVAC technicians, like those at Heaney Heating and Plumbing to get the best system for your home.