While North Carolina is certainly not the most frigid of places in the US throughout the winter season, it definitely gets uncomfortably cold around here during this time. That is why you really need to have a great heating system installed in your home, even if you are not going to be using that heater as much as you do your air conditioning system. If you are in the market for a new heater, then you should definitely consider the use of a radiant heating system.
There are a lot of benefits that you’ll enjoy as the result of choosing a radiant heating system, but it is important to note that there is no such thing as a heater that is perfect for everyone. Working with our team means that you’ll have the information that you need to choose the heater that is perfect for your needs, though. Whether you’re looking to replace an old heater or you need to schedule heating repairs in Cary, NC, you can always count on our team for a job well done.
What Separates Radiant Heating from Forced Air Heating
Heat pumps and furnaces are incredibly popular home heating systems. They are also forced air heating systems, which makes them radically different from radiant heaters in terms of how they distribute heat throughout a house. A forced air heater heats air, and then forces that heated air throughout the house via a system of ductwork. Radiant heating systems don’t heat air, so they don’t need ductwork to distribute heat.
Instead, they apply heat directly to surfaces in the home. Most commonly, this is done with in-floor heating systems. While electric radiant heating is an option, and in-wall installations are possible, hydronic in-floor heating is the preferred method of most homeowners. With this type of system, water is heated by a boiler. That heated water is then circulated around the house via a system of pipes installed beneath the floorboards.
What Are the Benefits of This Type of Heating?
When you eliminate the need for air ducts, you eliminate the risk of energy loss via leaky ducts. You also eliminate the risk of pollutants entering those ducts, being distributed throughout the house by those ducts, and dragging down your indoor air quality. The heating achieved with radiant heating systems is not just more efficient, though. It also allows you to live more comfortably.
You see, forced air heating can lead to that heated air rising up to the ceiling, which is a problem for those homes with high ceilings especially. By applying heat to the floors, and allowing that heat to radiate out to objects in the living space—including human bodies—a radiant heating system keeps heat down where it belongs. Plus, allergy and asthma symptoms won’t be aggravated by the aforementioned IAQ issues that can plague forced air heating systems. So there you have it. Let a member of our team know if you’re ready to give radiant heating a try, or if you need any heating repair or maintenance services.
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