The Benefits of Radiant Heat
Radiant heat is a growing trend that initially took hold in Europe and is now becoming commonplace in North America. Known for its distinct benefits, radiant heat is used for snow melting, roof deicing and floor heating applications.
Similar to the rays of the sun, radiant heat warms objects rather than air to create a more even heat throughout your home. Starting with the floor, objects are warmed giving your home a more inviting feeling as your furniture and other fixtures lose their chill. Now the common complaint of cold feet is cured by heating your floor and letting that heat naturally radiate throughout the room instead of collecting at the ceiling.
Radiant heat can be used as a primary heating source for your home or simply to add extra comfort to a chilly bathroom, basement or other cold spots in your home. Radiant heat is installed in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, bedrooms and throughout homes. The heating systems are very efficient because, unlike other heating systems, you can easily control individual areas and rooms. Each 'zone' can be controlled by its own programmable thermostat. You can designate specific times of the day and desired temperatures to heat these areas so the system is on only where and when you need, making your home energy efficient without sacrificing comfort.
In fact, radiant heat is the most efficient form of heat available. Significantly less operating time is required to maintain the desired warmth compared to furnaces and other methods of heating, keeping operational costs to a minimum. High efficiency boilers (for hydronic systems) or electric radiant floor heating systems make radiant heat one of your most efficient ways to heat your home. Coupled with a well insulated house, these systems can quickly warm your home and then shut down or remain idle for long periods of time before being called upon by the thermostat to operate. ( Radiant floor heating installation tips. )
Benefits of the Best Radiant Heating Systems