Radiant heating system: A Comprehensive Overview
To make your home more warm and comfortable during the harsh winter months make use of radiant heating system! This modern day invention makes those wet and icy winter days spent at home/office much more enjoyable and manageable with its unique heating mechanism that provides you with luxurious warmth and comfort.
Radiant heating system is a unique and efficient system of heating a room/space either by generating heat through electricity circulating in electrical cables (Electric radiant heating) installed inside tubes embedded in the floor or under the floors or by heating the floor panels with circulating hot water/oil within tubes or pipes inside or under the floor (Hydronic radiant heating).
One of the most positive aspects about these radiant heating systems is that they are highly energy efficient heating devices. So you can look forward to cut down on energy costs at home/office without having to compromise on the heat! The radiant heating system is able to generate as much heat or maybe more at the cost of lesser energy consumption than any other general types of heating systems. No doubt why radiant floor heating systems have become so popular!
You have the option to select from a wide range of radiant heating technologies such as the Electric radiant heating system or the more popular and highly efficient energy saving Hydronic (liquid) radiant heating system that ideally suits your home/office requirements and perfectly matches your décor and lifestyle!
You can install radiant heating system directly underneath any kind of floors such as treated hardwood floors/ceramic tiled floors/carpeted floors/linoleum floors/vinyl floors and so on. However, the best and most popular are the ceramic tiled floors that radiate and conduct maximum heat,
are visually appealing and feel crisp and warm when heated.
A radiant heating system is traditionally constructed within a spread of large thermal mass such as within a slab of cement with tubes/pipes running through it in proper spacing and pattern. Then you cover this thermal mass/concrete slab with your choice of flooring materials.
The heat radiates up through the floor, being transferred to and absorbed by the different objects in the room. The heated objects in the room consequently increase the temperature of the surrounding air and you are thus enveloped in comforting and soothing warmth within the room! The warmth stays down where the people are, not up at the ceiling or lost to the outdoors every time a door or window is opened. It thus provides comfortable, and uniform heating totally eliminating cold spots and drafts.
You can also opt for direct installation of the radiant heating system without using a thermal mass of concrete. Thus you can go for modular plates/boards fitted with tubing/piping as per specifications that are placed directly beneath the floor. So you can avoid the hassle of installing a concrete slab!
Electric radiant heating is best suited for use in regions where electricity comes cheap! So if you are planning to install an electric radiant heater in your home/office make sure that you always install a thermal mass of concrete. This will help to entrap the generated heat for a prolonged duration thus saving your electricity consumption to a huge extent.
The most popular and frequently used less expensive radiant heating system utilizes water/oil to generate heat. This is the Hydronic radiant heating system that saves huge energy as well as money on heating larger areas of your home/office environment. A central boiler heats the liquid and then pumps it through the tubes/pipes within the thermal mass.
In case of Hydronic heating system it is not mandatory to install a concrete slab as thermal mass. You can install such systems in the form of modular plates/boards directly under the floors.
One thing you should keep in mind while installing carpets over the radiant heating device is that the thickness of the carpets should not be such so that heat radiation or dissipation of heat upwards is hindered. So place very thin carpets on your floors installed with radiant heating system.
You can variously install radiant heating systems in almost all rooms and spaces of your house including your bathrooms, sunrooms and kitchen.
Unlike other heating systems, radiant heating devices generate radiant heat that is capable of diminishing numerous air-borne allergens, dust, mites, pollen, etc. within the internal surroundings of your home/office. Thus radiant floor heaters by dispersing radiant heat around not only keeps you warm but also protects you and your family or colleagues from various chronic respiratory conditions predominated by asthma, allergic symptoms and so on.
And you thought that radiant heating system was meant to heat up the interiors of your home/office only! Give a second thought to home heating and cooling costs! These unique heating devices can also be installed in driveways, sidewalks, entryways, roofs and porches to facilitate easy melting of ice which otherwise needs to be painfully removed by conventional techniques of snow and ice removal.
So bid goodbye to those laborious and messy expeditions of shoveling, snow blowing or chemical melting of accumulated snow and ice! Get smart and tech savvy! Install easy to use and highly efficient, energy saving radiant heating systems either electric/hydroponic systems to melt ice and snow and make life easier for you during winter!
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