What is Radiant Heating?
Radiant heating systems are panels in the walls or floors that depend largely on transferring heat from a hot surface to the people or objects in the room via infrared radiation – similar to feeling the warmth from a hot stove top.
This type of system has many advantages:
- Removes the need for ducting, eliminates air flow loss
- No duct = allergens aren’t distributed through the home
- Liquid-based systems use little electricity
Radiant Floor Heating
In a radiant setup, the warmth is supplied by hot water tubes or electric cables buried underneath the floors or inside the walls. Invisible waves of thermal radiation warms up any objects they strikes, radiating that captured heat in turn. The temperature remains constant keeping you comfortable as the surrounding surface isn’t stealing warmth from your body.
There are two basic ways to generate warmth: hot water or electricity. Electric radiant uses cable wires retrofitted into the floor or walls and hot-water (hydronic) circulate water from a boiler or water heater through loops of 1/2 inch flexible tubing. Once the system is in place, it can be covered with hardwood and tile. However, placing carpet over the radiant floor would make it pointless.
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