What is radiant heating? Not many homeowners are aware of what makes this type of heating different from the “standard” options found for home heating in Conway, AR. In this area, most homes rely on forced-air heating. If you’ve used a furnace (gas or electric) or a heat pump in the past to provide comfort to your house, you’ve experienced forced-air heating. These systems operate by heating up air and then using blower fans to push the air into the rooms of a house.
Radiant heating doesn’t use a fan and doesn’t heat the air. What it does instead is raise the temperature of an object in a room, and then heat waves from that object radiate into the space and warm other objects they contact, without heating the air in between. This is the heat you’ll feel coming off asphalt on a sunny day, or from the heating elements in an electric range when it’s turned on.
How Can This Work in a House?
The common type of radiant heating found in other parts of the country are hydronic systems. A boiler heats up water, and the heated water is then pumped to radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor elements. These objects heat up and send warmth through the space.
Boilers systems are rare here. The radiant heating systems that we install use electrical resistance and are placed into the walls or floors of a building. These electrical heating elements activate to warm up the surfaces and send heat directly into the living space.
The Benefits of Radiant Heating
One of the big advantages of radiant heating is that it feels better than forced-air heating. It’s the sensation of being warmed by the sun, rather than have hot air blown around. There really are few things better than the feeling of a warm floor under your feet on a cold morning!
Radiant heating allows for an even transfer of heat into a space, something that is often a problem with forced-air heating. A furnace, for example, blows heated air through a vent that will immediately rise to the top of the room. It takes a while for the heat to spread evenly around, and it can leave cold spots. This isn’t the case with radiant heating, which rises from below and spreads evenly in all directions.
Radiant heating isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition for your house. You don’t have to rip out your current ducted HVAC system. Instead, you can choose to have radiant heating installed in specific rooms that are difficult to heat or which need supplemental heating. Many homeowners have discovered that radiant heated floors in the bathroom are a wonderful addition to their house.
We’re happy to tell you more about how radiant heating can be put to work for your house, either as a retrofit or for new home construction. If radiant heating isn’t ideal for your situation, we’ll offer you great alternatives. Our services are always personalized and we treat everyone fairly.
Dewees HVAC is here to keep you comfortable! Contact us today for more information about heating your home or to schedule service with our team.