Installing Radiant Heating is Ideal During This Time

Installing Radiant Heating is Ideal During This TimeIf you’d like to install radiant heating, you may be concerned that it’s too late in the season. Fortunately, seasonal constraints only apply if it’s going into a new concrete slab that needs warm weather to cure properly.

Today, there are other installation options that can allow you to enjoy the benefits of either of these two popular types of radiant heating this winter:

  • Hydronic radiant heating is an efficient way to heat your entire home. Typically, it employs a boiler to heat water up to between 100–120 degrees. This gets pumped through tubing that’s installed in a cement layer over the existing slab or stapled on top of a subfloor. The latest installation innovation is thin subfloor panels with the tubing already in place.
  • Electric radiant heating is a good option for warming a single room like a bathroom, or in a new addition if you can’t extend your home’s main heating system. The heat is created using electric-resistance cables installed beneath your flooring or embedded in mats or rolls of conductive plastic laid on top of a subfloor.

Advantages of Radiant Heating Systems

When you have radiant in-floor heating installed, you’ll reap a number of benefits such as:

  • Enhanced comfort. With a radiant system, you’ll feel the warmth produced seep up from the flooring, into the home’s structure and fixtures and even your furnishings. This completely eliminates problems like temperature inconsistencies and cold spots.
  • Healthier indoor air. Because it doesn’t circulate air to distribute heat, a radiant system helps keep dust, allergens and irritants out of the air your family breathes.
  • Greater heating efficiency. If you currently have forced-air heating, up to a third of the heat output gets wasted through conduction and leaks in the ductwork. There no such waste with radiant heating, so it’s more efficient.
  • Hassle-free zoning. Radiant heat installed in a single room or area is an instant, independent zone. With a whole-home hydronic system, it’s easy to create multiple zones during installation.

To learn if it’s feasible to install radiant heating in your Middletown home, contact us at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about radiant heating and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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