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Should You Switch to a Radiant Heating System?

in-floor-heatingThe majority of homeowners use forced-air methods to heat their home. That’s the technical way of referring to heat pumps and furnaces: systems that use the air as the medium to transfer heat. While these systems are fast and effective, some homeowners find them to be lacking.

If you’re looking for a mode of heating in Colorado Springs other than forced-air heaters, radiant heating systems are about as different as you can get! However, switching from forced-air to radiant heating can be a big leap—but it makes sense if you fit the following conditions:

You Struggle With Allergies and Asthma Symptoms

If you do use forced-air heating, you should be familiar with how these systems create warm air and then blow it into the rooms of the home. This is certainly a fast method of heating up a room, the downside is that it does unsettle the dust and dirt in the vents and in the rooms themselves. It’s enough that those with allergies and asthma may find their symptoms worsening while the heater is on.

With radiant heating, this isn’t an issue. The process of “radiant heat” uses electromagnetic waves to warm you up directly rather than through rushing air.

Your Home Suffers From Cold Spots and Uneven Heating

One drawback of forced-air systems is that they may not evenly distribute warm air around the rooms. This can make some rooms feel colder than others, and it may leave some corners of the room feeling neglected. Radiant heating systems are installed across the length of the floor or wall, meaning that the heat will always be evenly distributed.

You’re Already Planning to Renovate

Radiant heating systems are installed either in the floors, walls, or ceilings of your home. While this makes for a silent and unobtrusive heater, you can imagine that the process of installation can get complicated. The best time to get a radiant heating system is if you’re planning to renovate a room or are adding on new rooms to your home.

You Own a Boiler Already

One type of radiant heating system uses hydronic heating to send heated water through a series of tubes. The method for heating that water is used by none other than a boiler. If you currently own a boiler that uses radiators or baseboard heaters, you can get rid of those obstructions by switching to radiant heating.

You Don’t Own a Boiler but Prefer All Electrical

Some homeowners prefer to use electricity, either to reduce their carbon footprint or because they feel it’s safer. Regardless of your reasons, you don’t have to own a boiler to use a radiant heating system: you can use a radiant heating system that operates entirely on electricity.

Instead of using tubing like with hydronic heating, electric radiant heating uses a set of cables designed to operate in a similar fashion. Despite this difference, the method of installation is going to be the same. That being said, you can still expect to feel the same type of heating through your home.

If radiant heating sounds like a good fit for your home, contact Happy Heating & Cooling today. If You’re Not Happy, I’m Not Happy.

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