Radiant Heating: Keeping You Warm From the Ground Up

Radiant Heating: Keeping You Warm From the Ground UpWith cold winter weather settling into the Middletown area, you’re probably using your heating system daily. The type of heating system you use and its efficiency largely determine how much you’re going to pay in monthly heating bills, and affects your home comfort experience in many ways. If you’re thinking of upgrading your heating system or undertaking new construction, read on to learn how a radiant heating system can benefit you.

How Radiant Heating Works

A radiant heating system (also called hydronic heating) consists of a network of tubing that circulates hot water (or other liquid) beneath your floor, along baseboard heaters, through wall panels or inside radiators. Following are the basics of how the system heats your home:

  • Boiler: An efficient boiler heats the water.
  • Plumbing control: The heated water flows to a plumbing manifold, which directs it to various zones of your home.
  • Closed loop: Pumps work to circulate newly heated water through the tubing, and return cooler water back to the boiler for re-heating.

Benefits of Radiant Heat

Radiant systems offer many benefits. First of all, radiant systems transfer heat from the hot water to all objects and people in the room. In contrast to forced-air furnaces, radiant heat is a boon for folks that suffer from respiratory ailments and would rather do without airflow blowing contaminants all around the home. Following are more great benefits of radiant heat:

  • Zoning: The tubing and plumbing manifold in radiant heat systems allows you to create as many heating zones in your home as you like. You control temperature and active time for each zone 24/7/365 from a central control panel.
  • Comfort: Radiant heating provides even and comfortable heating throughout your home. In contrast, forced-air systems are prone to create unbalanced air pressure (i.e., different temperatures room by room) when they’re not installed correctly.
  • Efficient: With radiant heat, you don’t have to pay for leaky ductwork or unbalanced air circulation that cause higher heating bills and system wear.

To see if radiant heating is right for your Middletown-area home, contact the experts at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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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