Now that it’s officially fall, there’s a chill in the air and it’s time to break out the sweaters. All over town, spooky skeleton decorations are popping up in people’s yards and the leaves are quickly changing colors. Pretty soon, if you haven’t already, you’ll need to turn on your home’s heating system. If the thought of turning on the heat fills you with dread, take a second to think about why. Is it because of the costs associated with running your heating system? Does your system not heat your home quite as well anymore? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you might consider a radiant heating system as an alternative to your current heating system. Here are five benefits of installing a radiant heating system in your home.
Radiant heating systems are generally considered to be more energy-efficient than most other heating methods. When you have a forced-air system, where air is heated up and then forced out through ducts, up to 40% of that energy can be lost in the ducts and therefore wasted. Forced-air systems are some of the most common heating systems in the world and they’re what most people think of when they hear “HVAC,” but they’re not always the most efficient choice. A radiant heating system runs hot water or electricity through a set of tubing or wires laid under the floor. Where traditional forced-air systems heat the air inside your home, radiant heating systems heat your entire home.
Lower Monthly Cost
Since radiant heating systems are so much more energy-efficient, they’re also less expensive to run. In fact, they save homeowners an average of 15% on their heating bills! Radiant heating systems need to heat up to a lower temperature than forced-air systems do.
One significant disadvantage of forced-air systems is the tendency of dust, hair, and other allergens to collect in vents and ducts. When that happens, the allergens get blown around by the forced air and end up floating around your home where you and your family can breathe them in. Radiant heating systems, on the other hand, heats from the floor up with no vents necessary. Therefore, if you do have any dust or mold around your home, it won’t be blown around and make your allergies worse.
No More Cold Spots
Have you ever experienced “cold spots” in your home? Forced air systems blow warm air from one spot in the room and that warm air may or may not circulate well. Radiant heating systems circulate heat underneath the whole floor and then the heat rises, heating your home evenly and leaving no cold spots.
After installation, radiant heating systems require very little, if any, maintenance. With forced-air systems, they need regular maintenance such as filter changes and other tune-ups. You should have your radiant heat system inspected every one to three years. You do not have to have your system flushed. If your system is inspected regularly and minor maintenance provided when needed, a radiant heating system can last up to 30 years!
Is It Time to Install a Radiant Heating System?
Call Stack Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric in Cleveland, Ohio! We are Cleveland’s experts on all types of heating systems and can install radiant floor heating for your home. We want you to know that your family’s safety and comfort is our number one priority, as it always has been. We are taking all necessary precautions and following CDC guidelines to keep our customers and employees healthy. We’ve been serving the Cleveland area for over 40 years, and we’re not going anywhere. Give us a call at (440) 937-9134 or visit us on our website today and find out what we can do for you!