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Everything You Need to Know About Radiant Heating

Family warm up hands over electric heaterThere are a lot of heating systems out there, and choosing the right one for your home can be tricky. A qualified technician can help you select the right system for your home’s specific needs. If you are considering a radiant heating system for your household comfort, there are some things that we would like you to know.

So, What Is a Radiant Heating System?

A radiant heating system distributes thermal energy by transmitting it through solid objects, unlike a furnace which uses air. There are two primary types of radiant heating systems:

  • Electric: An electric system uses electrical resistance heating. These systems are convenient for homes without boilers in place.
  • Hydronic: A hydronic system uses a boiler to heat water and transmit heat.

Both systems involve installing equipment in the walls or underneath the floors of various rooms in the home, so you will need to contact a qualified HVAC professional to get the job done right.

Benefits of a Radiant Heating System

It’s Comfortable

Many people would say a radiant system is more comfortable than a forced-air heating system. Although a forced-air heating system can warm a home quickly, hot air rises to ceilings and air also doesn’t retain heat as well as water/solid objects. When heat is directly transferred to an object, it will stay warmer for longer.

It’s Cheap

Yes, most modern-day boilers cost less to operate than other systems. This is due to the efficiency of the heat transfer through water/solid objects. Boilers use less fuel to heat your home, which means lower energy costs. Just remember an electric radiant system may still be pricey to run despite its efficiency, due to the relatively high cost of electricity itself.

It Requires Less Maintenance

That’s right—radiant heaters require less maintenance than other heating systems. They have fewer mechanical parts that can break down. This is not to say radiant heating systems do not require maintenance. Like all systems, they must have maintenance to keep them performing efficiently and increase their lifespan.

Potential Drawbacks of Radiant Heating

Radiant heating systems cost more to install. This is in part due to the nature of their heat distribution systems, such as hydronic tubing or electric radiant cables.

Also, electric radiant systems can cost a lot to operate. Unless you live somewhere where electricity costs are low, you might want to opt for a hydronic system using a boiler.

Lastly, installation in existing properties can be difficult. If your home already has ductwork installed, rather than a pre-existing radiant heating system, a forced air heater may make more sense.

Switzerland Air offers boiler installation in Freeport, TX! We know boilers can be a great way to provide comfortable heat to your home. If you currently own a boiler that needs a replacement, we can help you, too! We also offer boiler maintenance and repair services.

Remember, the best way to avoid repair bills is to have your boiler or radiant system regularly maintained by a qualified professional.

For all your radiant heating system needs, contact Switzerland Air today to get started.

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