Ideal Services Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Radiant Heat’

What Makes Radiant Heating an Option to Consider?

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

There are many ways in which you may choose to heat your home. A lot of homeowners use forced air heating systems, such as furnaces or, more and more commonly, heat pumps. These systems can be effective and efficient, but there are also some drawbacks to using a forced air heating system. When you use a radiant heating system in Fuquay-Varina, NC instead, you can avoid those drawbacks entirely.

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When Is It Time to Replace Your Radiant Heating System?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Radiant heating is very popular, and for good reason. It’s comfortable, it’s great for allergy sufferers and it’s quiet. But like all other types of heating systems, radiant heating systems reach a point where it’s time for replacement, and it’s important to know when that time has come. Knowing the signs of a diminishing system can help you schedule radiant heat system replacement in Fuquay Varina before serious problems can develop. Hiring a trained professional for your radiant heat replacement is very important, so call the people with over 20 years of experience in the Raleigh Triangle area: Ideal Services Heating & Cooling.

Signs It May Be Time to Replace

Here are some common signs it may be time to replace your radiant system:

  • Persistent leaking – if you experience multiple leaks with your hydronic floor system, you’ll want to consider replacement. Water leaks can cause damage, and having to deal with multiple leaks can be time-consuming and costly.
  • Constant electrical issues – do you experience constant electrical issues with your electrical radiant heating system? Over time, wires can fray and corrode, which can create shorts in the flooring panel. If there are multiple shorts, the panel should be replaced.
  • Age – hydronic systems have an average lifespan of about 20 years. If yours is older than this, you may want to consider replacement, even if the system is still working ok. Waiting for a leak or other problem to occur before replacing the system may cost you more down the road.
  • Decreased energy efficiency – radiant systems are quite energy efficient. If you notice an increase in your heating bill, even though you haven’t changed your heat settings, it is likely a problem has developed. Inefficiency is a sign that the system may no longer be able to meet your heating needs.

The point of having a whole-home heating system is to be comfortable during the winter. If your radiant heat system in Fuquay Varina isn’t able to do this, and it has some age to it, it may be a good time to consider replacement.

Call Ideal Services Heating & Cooling today and schedule an appointment with one of our radiant heating system installation specialists.

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The Differences Between Forced Air and Radiant Heat

Friday, March 21st, 2014

A lot of people have heard of radiant heating, but may not understand what it means. It’s actually a very old concept – used as far back as Roman times – given a new upgrade for the 21st century. In Pittsboro, NC, radiant heat makes a viable alternative to the traditional forced air furnaces most people are used to. The differences between forced air and radiant heat can help you better understand whether the technology is right for you.

The biggest difference is that radiant heating doesn’t rely on fans or blowers. Traditional furnaces used burning gas to heat the air, then blows the how air through your home via a system of ducts. It’s inexpensive and it does the job, but it can result in drafts, cold spot and sometimes dust blown throughout your house as well.

Radiant systems get around all of that. They entail a system of tubes installed beneath your floor, along with reflective panels to help spread the heat evenly. The system pumps hot water through the tubes, which spread warm energy directly through the floorboards into the furnishing in the room (and the feet of anyone occupying it.) Not only does this eliminate the problems of air circulation faced by forced-air furnaces, but it’s a much more efficient means of distributing heat: saving you money in monthly costs in the bargain. As a result, radiant heating systems tend to cost more than forced-air systems, and installation can be a little disruptive since the floorboards will need to be removed and replaced. It’s a great option for houses that can’t support a duct system, however, and the end result will likely improve the resale value of your home to boot.

The differences between forced air and radiant heat mean that no one system is ideal for every household, and you should get professional consultation before embarking on an installation. Radiant heat systems can be installed by the experts at Ideal Services Heating and Cooling. We’re dedicated to making you happy through every stage of the process. Give us a call today to schedule your next HVAC system service in Pittsboro, NC.

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