Radiant Heating Saves Energy

April 15th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Heating & Cooling

With more and more emphasis being placed on saving money, being more energy efficient and being healthier, many homeowners are turning to radiant heating as their main heating source. Radiant heating is a dependable heating source that has been around for centuries. In modern times, advancements in radiant heating technology have led to this type of heating system becoming more practical and even more energy-efficient.

How Radiant Heating Works

Radiant heating works through panels in walls, ceilings or floors. It’s considered to be very energy-efficient because no heating is lost in transfer, as is the case with forced air heating where heated air travels through ducts from the furnace to the various rooms in the house. Radiant heating is preferred by many for its similar feeling to the sun. In other words, it heats you up much in the same manner that the sun does. There is no wasted air that rises to the top of your home, just a warming feeling that happens to be energy-efficient!

There are three types of radiant heating: air-heated, hydronic and electric. If installed in the floors, ceramic tile makes for the best radiant heating floor covering because ceramic is the best heat conductor of all flooring choices.

Radiant is Energy Efficient

Compared to conventional heating systems, there are several energy-efficient advantages to electric radiant heating. Because electric radiant heating is highly efficient, you can program your thermostat, on average, 4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit** lower than with conventional heating systems. This can make a dramatic difference on your energy bill by the end of the winter season. In fact, it’s estimated that using electric radiant heat flooring with the proper insulation and tile can save you 10-15%** on your energy costs.

Healthier Alternative

Using radiant heating technology throughout your home will leave your family better off, health-wise. Unlike conventional heating systems with ducts and vents, radiant heating doesn’t carry dust, fumes, allergens or any other particles from room to room. Moreover, there are no “”hot spots”" or varying room temperatures with radiant heating.

Hidden From View

Another advantage of radiant heating is that the system is completely hidden from view. There are no old-fashioned radiators in every room of your home, nor are there any massive vents taking up wall space. Ideally, it’s a technology that is best installed when a house is being constructed, or completely renovated.

Radiant heating is also being used to heat exterior spaces, such as patios. While exterior heating is never an energy-efficient concept, radiant heating does limit the amount of energy you would have to use on heating an outdoor space.

Tax Credits Available

Depending on the type of radiant heating you’re considering installing, you may be eligible for a 30% federal tax credit, up to $1,500*. So you have the opportunity to save energy and save on upgrade costs at the same time.

Consult with an Energy Auditor

It is recommended to consult with an Energy Auditor prior to making any energy efficiency changes. An Energy Auditor will assess your home and make complete energy efficiency recommendations.

*From http://www.energystar.gov

**From http://www.warmup.com

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