What Is Radiant Heating?

cat staring at youSimply put- radiant heat uses energy to heat objects directly, which in turn radiate the heat to the air/room around them. Unlike a forced air system, by heating solid objects radiant heat is more energy efficient and helps maintain comfort levels and humidity for a home over long periods of time.  

While radiant heat technically comes in many forms, from fireplaces to baseboard radiators, when most people talk about radiant heating they are referring to radiant floor heat. Radiant floor heat consists of either a series of tubes running beneath the house floor heated with water or electric heating coils in the same location. These tubes or coils give off consistent heat to a room or area from the ground up. Because heat rises this causes the room to become comfortably warm.    

While this has been an established and popular choice for decades in Asia, radiant floor heat has gained popularity in recent years with those building and remodeling homes in the United States.

The benefits of radiant floor heat include:

  • steady gentle heat
  • efficient use of resources
  • invisible design for clean aesthetics
  • and the preservation of comfortable humidity levels

Many homeowners with radiant floor heat also rave about the unique pleasure of walking barefoot on the warm floors throughout their house in the winter. With more and more people making the switch to radiant floor heat it is little wonder that now is a great time to install radiant floor heating in your home.  Your pets will love it too!

If you are building a home, buying a home, or remodeling your home, Northwest Mechanical can install radiant floor heat for you. Our experience with solar power also gives you the option of a solar powered system, hooked up by the same company for ease and functionality. Northwest Mechanical can also help with radiant heat system maintenance and updates. If you have questions about installing or repairing a radiant floor heat system in your home give us a call and talk to one of our certified professionals. Our years of experience with these systems and technologies mean that we will be able to provide you with the reliable advice you need to decide if a radiant heating system is right for you and your home.  

While radiant heat technically comes in many forms, from fireplaces to baseboard radiators, when most people talk about radiant heating they are referring to radiant floor heat. Click to learn more about this technology.

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