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What Is Radiant Heating?

Fall is here in Cedar Falls, IA, and with it comes cooler temperatures and an increased emphasis on heating. We all need reliable heaters to get us through the cold months of winter, but for whatever reason, more traditional boilers and forced-air furnaces may not be right for you. If you’re ready to replace an old heater or simply install a new one, you might consider a radiant heating system. The installation cost tends to be higher than more traditional heating systems, but there are substantial benefits that go along with it. What is radiant heating? We’ve spelling out a few quick answers below. 

How it Works

Radiant heat is heat conveyed through infrared radiation: the warmth you feel from a hot stove when you pass by it, for example. In this case, the equation involves coils or warmers being installed beneath the floorboards of your house. When the heat is turned on, the coils warm up, passing heat directly into your feet and the furnishings through radiant energy.

Why Is That Beneficial?

In the first case, radiant heating is much more efficient than forced-air systems because it doesn’t need to heat the air. The warmth is passed directly into you or your furnishings, ensuring that you stay cozy and comfortable regardless of the circumstances. Forced air systems are also vulnerable to breezes and cold spots, which radiant heating systems completely do away with. Among other things, that helps prevent the spread of germs and other dangers through the air, improving the overall indoor air quality in your home.  In addition, because the heat is distributed more efficiently, you end up paying less than you normally would in monthly heating bills, and because radiant heating systems feature room-by-room controls in many cases, you need only warm those parts of the house that you’re using

Talk to the experts at Dalton Plumbing, Heating and Cooling for more information on radiant heating systems!

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