Radiant heating systems emit thermal energy from a warmed building component such as a floor, wall or overhead panel. This in turn warms other objects in the room including you, without directly heating the air. The air temperature in a radiant heated building may be lower than for a conventionally heated building while achieving the same level of comfort. One key advantage of radiant heating is decreased air circulation in the room which corresponds to a reduction in airborne particles.
The most common radiant heating for homes is with under-floor electric elements or hot water piping. Because the heating surface is much larger than with other systems, a lower temperature achieves the same overall heat. The typical maximum surface temperature of radiant heating is around 30 degrees, banishing cold floors forever!
Radiant heating is also used outdoors: that’s what some overhead heaters at restaurant patios are. It is also used in roofs to melt snow and ice and on driveways to keep it clear of ice.
Advantages of Radiant Heating
The reduction in airborne particles is better for allergy sufferers. Radiant heating lowers heat bills in comparison to electric baseboard heating or a forced-air furnace. A hydronic radiant heating system uses warmed liquid and has the lowest energy consumption. Additionally, fluid heat keeps you warm far longer than any other system during a power outage.
Clearly Plumbing is Your Radiant Heating Expert
Should you need service for your radiant system or if you are considering an upgrade and a radiant heating system sounds like a good option, call us for information about any aspect of radiant heating. Our certified HVAC technicians will be able to offer advice or diagnose and repair any problem. We stock a full range of the most commonly used parts.