Radiant Heating vs. Forced Air

January 8, 2019

Have you ever noticed that some parts of your home are toasty warm while others are chillingly cool? Have you ever tried to place an item of furniture in your home and been disappointed because the position you wanted is already occupied by a heating register? Have you ever looked at your heating bill and wondered if there’s a cheaper alternative? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be interested in a radiant heating system. The most common radiant heating configuration uses water heated in a boiler to about 55 degrees and then pumped through pipes beneath the floor, providing an even temperature throughout the room. The system is virtually silent. There are no registers in the way, and no dust blowing around your home. Heat can be controlled on a room by room basis by dividing the piping system into zones. Since there’s less heat lost to the air, radiant floor heating systems tend to be more efficient than forced air systems by 25 per cent or more. However, before you decide to rip out your furnace and replace it with a boiler, be aware of a few drawbacks to radiant heating. Having no registers may sound appealing, but a lack of registers and ducts makes it difficult to provide adequate ventilation, which is important in newer homes that are well insulated and sealed. It also makes it harder to provide air conditioning in the summer. Thus, homes with radiant heating may need duct work and vents anyway. Radiant heating systems usually cost more up front than conventional forced air systems and are only practical to install in new homes under construction or during a major renovation that includes tearing out and replacing floors. Whichever way you choose to heat your home, be sure to consult the experts at Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ve got ample experience with both forced air and radiant heating and can advise you on the option best suited to your circumstances. Call us today!

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