Radiant heating and energy efficiency are mentioned together so often that you might assume one had precipitated the other and that the drive for greater sustainability in home building gave a rise to radiant heating as an innovative energy solution.
Actually, radiant heating has been around for thousands of years.
But, after decades of continuous refinement, radiant technology has become viable as an option for heating an entire home. As more and more people become aware of what sets radiant heating apart and how it surpasses the performance of traditional forced air systems, they are leaning more toward installing radiant heating in their homes. Certainly, energy efficiency factors into the growing popularity of radiant heating. Even though radiant heating systems run at a lower cost, that’s not their most compelling draw. Its the caliber of the heating experience that convinces people to switch to radiant heating. With heat delivered from the floor, you can have a different experience than traditional systems can provide. Forced air systems for example, cycle on and off, creating noise and uncomfortable swings in temperature. Radiant heat operates silently, delivering steady, all encompassing, everywhere warmth. Because radiant air involves neither dust collecting ductwork or intermittent blasts of heated air, it does nothing to ruin the indoor air quality. Perhaps the best time to install radiant heating comes when you are building a new home from scratch. In this scenario, the radiant system factors into the design plans, and the installation process can follow a logical order of operations. If you are planning a major renovation, either of one section of your home or the entire structure, it’s well worth considering a radiant system. In the end, though, the decision may depend on the scope of your remodeling project and whether or not you are going to rip out the flooring.