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The 3 Hidden Benefits Of A Radiant Heating System

by Celina Simpson

If you're in the market for a new heating system for your home, you have lots of choices. You could get a conventional forced-air HVAC system, or a gas, oil, or propane powered furnace. You could get a mini-split heating system that allows you to put different thermostats in different rooms, or you could splurge on an eco-friendly geothermal heating system. All of these systems can be beneficial in there own ways, but there's one that you may not have considered that has some surprising benefits for you and for your home. Take a look at some of the hidden benefits of a radiant home heating system.

You'll Breathe More Easily

Central heaters, as well as many furnaces, are sometimes called forced air systems because they heat the home by blowing hot air out of the vents in order to distribute it throughout the house. This results in a warm house, but it also can wreak havoc with your ability to breathe easily, especially if you have asthma or allergies. This is because dust and other debris can get trapped in the ducts and vents. When the system forces air out of the vents, it also forces out those tiny particles, which can cause you to cough, sneeze, or wheeze. Even the best filter is unlikely to catch every small particle, so if you're sensitive to dust and allergens, turning on the heater is always a gamble.

Radiant heating doesn't rely on forcing air through vents. Instead, heat is distributed by way of a heating element installed underneath the floorboards. As you probably remember from science class, hot air rises – in this case, it rises from the floorboards to heat the air in your home. The result is a comfortably warm home that won't cause you to sneeze and sniffle.

Home Decorating Will Be Easier

Almost all heating systems have some sort of visible component inside the house, and this can become a problem when you're decorating. You may not be able to put the couch where you want it because it will block a vent, or you may be forced to position furniture awkwardly in order to hide an ugly radiator. A central heating unit may be taking up what could be valuable closet storage space.

With radiant heating, you face none of those disadvantages, because there are no components of the system that take up excess space or are obviously visible. If you're familiar with older radiant heating systems, you may worry that you won't be able to install carpet over the floorboards, for fear of blocking the heat coming into your home. But newer radiant heating systems pose no such problems. Modern radiant heating panels are efficient enough to warm through even thick carpeting. That means that your house is a blank slate – once you install a radiant heating system, you're free to decorate in any way that you choose.

You'll Save Money

Saving money on your energy bills is always an advantage. On average, a radiant heating system is 15% more efficient than a conventional radiator, which is a significant savings by itself. You can maximize the savings depending on how you use the radiant heating system. You can use radiant heating with a number of different types of energy, even solar. You can also improve your system's energy efficiency by making sure that your home is well insulated.

With forced-air systems, some of the heat from the heater is lost as the air is being pushed through the ducts, which is another problem that you won't have to face with radiant heating. These systems are also particularly efficient in smaller homes.

Installing a radiant heating system is easy in a new-construction home, but replacing a conventional heating system with radiant heat is a big undertaking. Take your time and weigh all of the pros and cons before you make a final decision. You may find that it's worth making the investment to reap the benefits of radiant heating. For more information, contact a local heating company like Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.