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Benefits of Radiant Heating

Aug 17, 2007
To ensure your home is warm and energy efficient it is important to choose a heating system that fits the room or house size. If the system is too small it will have to work too hard and will be inefficient and expensive to operate. If you are looking for a more cost and energy efficient way to heat your home, radiant heating is a popular choice. Not familiar with it? Check out the benefits of radiant heating.

When you are buying a heating system you need to compare energy ratings between systems to find the system that will be most cost effective for you. If you choose the most energy efficient system it will save you money over the long term.

Radiant heating is an excellent heating option. Here is a system that emits from a hot surface such as a bar heater or gas heater or electricity. Radiant heat works best in rooms that are large open spaces and that are drafty. More than 50% of all new construction in Europe uses radiant heat.

In Norway and Sweden it is by far the most popular form of heating and in recent years it has become popular throughout the United States. That's because it's affordable and it's functional.

1) Comfort - Radiant heat is by far the most comfortable form of heat because it heats objects rather than the air. Think of how the sun heats: warming objects on the earth that then warms the air. That's just how radiant heating works. The heat radiates to your body making you feel warm and cozy. And unlike conventional heat where most of the heat is on the ceiling, instead the floors are the warmest part of the room, so that your feet are warm.

2) Quiet and Clean Operation - There is no sound or noise off of radiant heat systems and there are also no drafts or air movement so dust and germs are not spread thus decreasing sickness and disease.

3) Energy Savings - Because it is electric, it uses a very low-voltage to heat your flooring. Radiant heat is so efficient it will save you 20-40% of the cost of heating over the cost of conventional methods. And because it warms your body instead of the air you feel comfortable at a lower temperature so you can turn your thermostat down to 65 degrees Farenheit. That means you'll not only save but you will also feel comfortable and cozy.

4) Decorating Freedom - Radiant heat is a lot more attractive than conventional heat and you don't have to worry yourself with the location of a huge heating system. The system is small and out of the way allowing you maximum freedom in how you design your home. It has particular application in areas with limited wall space or excessive heat loss, such as kitchens, solariums, or baths.
You can see why radiant heating is becoming the main stream around the planet. After all it has so much to offer and it is so affordable that you'd have to wonder why anyone wouldn't make the switch.

There are many benefits to using radiant heating and now that you know what some of those are you can certainly see its potential. So what are you waiting for?
About the Author
Terry Fitzroy is a professional writer and product reviewer specializing in radiant heating and floor warming. For Further information and a free quote please visit http://www.warmquest.com
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