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HVAC FAQ: Why Choose a Radiant Heating System?


When you live in Connecticut, you know to expect cold and snowy weather throughout the winter season. That means that you also know how important it is to have a great heating system installed in your home. If you have a home under construction or are ready to replace your existing heating system, though, you may be wondering what type of heater to move forward with. One that is well-worth your consideration is the radiant heating system. Today, our Norwalk, CT HVAC pros will help you to understand why.

We should also note before we go any further that the installation of a radiant heating system is a pretty big undertaking. The ideal time for the installation of a system like hydronic in-floor heating is at the time of construction or during renovations. You’ll see why just below. That being said, you can count on our professional heating technicians to guarantee that your new heating system is expertly installed and functioning at peak performance levels.

How Does Radiant Heating Work?

Unlike a furnace or a heat pump, both of which are forced air heating systems, a radiant heating system does not heat air and then distribute that heated air throughout a home. instead, a radiant heating system will apply heat directly to surfaces in your home, and that heat will then radiate outward into your living space.

While electric radiant coils and panels are an option that some homeowners may consider, the cost of electricity does make using electricity as your heat source rather expensive. That is why most homeowners interested in radiant heating wind up choosing hydronic heating systems. With these systems, water is heated by a boiler. That water is then circulated throughout the house via a system of tubes, usually installed beneath the flooring.

Benefits of Radiant Heating

So why heat your home in this manner? As we said above, there are quite a few advantages of doing so. First of all, radiant heating is very efficient. Not only do you not have to worry about leaky ductwork allowing heat to escape the system before it reaches its intended destination, but you also don’t have to worry about heated air rising to the ceiling — as it naturally will — and getting stuck up there.

Radiant heating systems keep heat down in the living space where it belongs, helping you to live more comfortably while cutting back on heating costs. Plus, water is a better heat transfer medium than air to begin with, as it retains heat more successfully. Fewer moving parts mean that boilers and radiant heating systems in general are often more reliable than furnaces, and they last a very long time.

No heating system is perfect for everyone, mind you. If that were the case, then there would not be so many options to choose from. If you suspect that a radiant heating system may be perfect for you, though, we’re the company to work with. Contact us with any questions that you may have.

Celco Heating and Air Conditioning is here to keep you warm, all winter long.

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