Why Choose a Radiant Heating System?

radiant-heating-tubingNew Hampshire is a very cold place to be throughout the heating season. If you hope to make it through the winter comfortably, you are going to need to have a great heater installed in your home. If you are currently weighing your options when it comes to heating your home, we strongly recommend radiant heating in New Hampshire. There are a lot of great forced air heating systems out there, of course, but the fact is that radiant heating offers some benefits that are really tough to compete with.

The installation of a radiant heating system is a big job, and it may not make sense to have a radiant heating system installed in an existing home. Due to the nature of the system, they are most easily installed at the time of construction. If you have a new home going up, are renovating your existing home, or you don’t mind dealing with a pretty involved installation process in order to enjoy long-term benefits, then let us know and we’ll help you to decide if radiant heating is right for you.

What Is Radiant Heating?

Let’s start with the basics of radiant heating before diving into the benefits that it has to offer. What exactly is radiant heating, to begin with? Well, unlike forced air heating systems, which heat air and then distribute that heated air throughout a house via a system of air ducts, radiant heating systems apply heat directly to surfaces in the home. That heat then transfers through those surfaces, radiating out into the living space and warming the people and objects with it.

There are a few ways that radiant heating can be applied. Some homes use electric panels in the walls or electric coils under the floors in order to generate heat. This is effective, but the fact is that the cost of electricity makes electric radiant heat less popular than other forms, including hydronic heating. This is a method of heating in which hot water heated by a boiler is circulated around tubing installed beneath the floor of the home. Water is a very effective heat transfer fluid, and retains heat very well. The heat from the water warms the floor, and the heat then transfers upward.

Benefits of Radiant Heating

Okay, so why opt for radiant heating? There are a few compelling points to consider. Keep the following information in mind when choosing your new heating system.

  • Efficiency – forced air heaters are not as efficient as radiant heating systems. Air does not retain heat as well as water does, and issues such as leaking ductwork further affect efficiency — and not for the better!
  • Comfort – hot air from a forced air heating system will naturally rise, and that can be an issue. The heat can get trapped up at the ceiling, leaving the lower areas in the home cooler. This is especially problematic in homes with high ceilings. Radiant in-floor heating can keep you more comfortable.
  • Longevity – boilers and radiant heating distribution systems have fewer moving parts than furnaces. That means that there is less to potentially go wrong. When you choose radiant heating, you are going to get a great return on your initial investment.

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