Radiant heat describes one of the three ways that heat travels: radiant heat moves in electromagnetic waves from a hot surface, traveling without warming the air until it strikes another solid object and transfers its energy to it. In terms of heating your home, radiant heat refers to a heating system that sends warmth into your living space by heating up elements in your floor or your wall, usually through hydronic power (heated water).
Radiant heating has been popular in Europe for years, and is now making an impact in North America. If you are planning to have radiant heating installed in your home, here are a few things to prepare for. Call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule your radiant heat installation in Norwalk, CT.
The Installation Process Can Be Extensive
If you are retro-fitting your home for radiant heating (instead of installing it as part of new home construction), you should be prepared for a longer installation process than you would experience for a new furnace or heat pump. The installers will need to excavate your floors to place the PEX pipes that will carry the hot water, and then lay down subfloors. The amount of skilled work involved means that you should never entrust the job to amateurs.
Your Heating Bills Will Drop
Hydronic heating from a standard boiler already costs less to run than a furnace. But a radiant system will make your heating bills drop even further because of their high efficiency at supplying warmth. They lose little heat in the process of transferring the hot water to the pipes under the floor, and the speed with which they raise the temperature of a room (starting from right under your feet and rising up) means you will need to run the system less often than you would a forced-air heater.
You’ll Have Much Healthier Air
Heating systems that use ventilation ducts to distribute conditioned air will collect dust, dirt, and other contaminants along the way. Regular cleaning of the ductwork will reduce this, but it can never eliminate it entirely. But radiant heating is clean heat that needs no ductwork. You can expect a reduction in various cold and flu-like symptoms in your house. People with allergies will especially notice a change in their condition with radiant heat.
Although the amount of work needed to install radiant heat may sound intimidating, remember that with the right contractors handling the work, it will go smoothly and as fast as possible. Call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning for all of your heating installation needs in Norwalk, CT. Trust to our more than 35 years of experience with delivering quality heating to our customers.