Installing a completely new heating system in your home can be a bit complicated, mostly because there are multiple heating options available that each have their own specific advantages. The two most common types of heating systems that you will have to choose from are forced air and radiant heating, with radiant heating having a few advantages that forced air cannot match.
A radiant heating system heats your house by installing pipes or electric panels under your floors and in your walls. These pipes and panels then heat up the surrounding walls and floors, at which point heat will begin to radiate from those surfaces. Two reasons to install a radiant heating system are energy-efficiency and low maintenance.
One of the biggest advantages provided by a radiant heating system is its energy-efficiency. In many cases, a radiant heating system will be able to heat your home to the same degree as a forced air system, while also saving you money on your utility bills.
The main reason for this is that a radiant heating system will often be divided into heating zones. For example, a heating zone can consist of individual levels of a home with multiple floors, or it can consist of individual rooms. You can even have the zones set up to only warm the bedrooms at night and the rest of the house during the day.
The benefit of these zones is that it allows you to manage the amount of energy you spend on heating by allowing you to heat only those rooms that are in use. This is a big advantage over a forced air heating system that will warm every room in you house when the heater turns on, even those rooms that no one is in.
The biggest problem that you will run into with a forced air heating system is that it is going to require maintenance if you want to keep your utility bills steady and your family healthy. When you have a forced air system, you will need to make sure that you have your ducts and furnace filter cleaned on a regular basis, otherwise you will have dust and particles spreading throughout your home that can worsen the air quality. This worsened air quality can lead to respiratory issues and allergic reactions.
In addition, if the furnace and ducts are not cleaned regularly, your energy efficiency will suffer. This is because a dirty furnace will need to be on more often and work harder to heat your home to the desired level.
However, you will not have to worry about all of those maintenance tasks when you have a radiant heating system. The only thing you have to worry about with a radiant system is ensuring that the boiler does not freeze. Even this is not a big deal as that is only likely to happen if your heater is left off for multiple extremely cold days in a row.
Speak to a heating contractor (such as one from Colorado Comfort Systems) today in order to discuss your heating options. A radiant heating system can increase your home's energy efficiency, while also cutting down on the amount of maintenance that you will need to perform.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.