Are you usually ahead-of-the-curve? Were you on Twitter before it was popular? Did you buy a Prius back when it was the only “green” car out there? Then perhaps radiant heating isn't new to you. If it is new to you, or you just need a refresher course, let's dive in.
Have you ever woken up from your cozy bed to answer the call of nature then got a jolting shock from the frozen tiled bathroom floor? It makes it that much harder to fall back asleep, doesn't it? Radiant heating has solved this issue. Radiant heating systems supply heat directly to the floor or to panels in the wall or ceiling of a house. The systems depend largely on radiant heat transfer — the delivery of heat directly from the hot surface to the people and objects in the room via infrared radiation. Radiant heating is the effect you feel when you can feel the warmth of a hot stovetop element from across the room. When radiant heating is located in the floor, it is often called radiant floor heating or simply floor heating.
Radiant heating systems come in three types: electric, air-heated and hydronic. Radiant heating works very well in big open spaces like retail warehouses or buildings with high ceilings and huge windows. It's best to use this kind of heating when constructing a brand new commercial edifice. But advancements like radiant tubing mats reduce the time spent on setup. This makes it suitable for an already-constructed property.
The saying goes “if it ain't broke don't fix it.” Forced air conditioning and heating systems have been in use for decades. So why invest in radiant heating?
Radiant Heating Is More Energy Efficient. According to a study by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers and Kansas State University, radiant heating is at least 25 percent more efficient than traditional heating systems. This energy savings can result in substantial monetary savings during the height of the winter. Once again, the vast majority of this energy savings is a result of the fact that radiant heating systems do not rely on ductwork and therefore do not lose energy transferring heated air to the desired location.
Now you no longer have to deal with the loss of heat through ductwork systems or doors. This is especially beneficial if your business has loading doors or there are constantly opening and closing doors. Radiant heating also makes occupants feel warmer at lower air temperatures. Further, thermostats are set lower, promoting energy-savings.
So, more energy savings is a perk of radiant heating and this translates to dollar savings as well. There is almost no heat loss in radiant heating, which makes it cost-effective too. All the heat generated by the system will warm up your home, unlike convective heating systems. Also, as the heat does not move via the ductwork, so radiant floor heating does not let allergens into your home, thus improving your home’s air quality. So the overall health in your home has the potential to improve.
Anyone who's suffered from allergies and has had to have a constant supply of Zyrtec on hand understands this health benefit. Have you heard people say they're “allergic to work” because as soon as they get there they start sneezing? Chances are, it's the HVAC system blowing dust and particles that cause them to sneeze. Radiant heating promotes air quality and it doesn’t make a lot of noise when running.
Wow! Radiant heating can make your commercial property more peaceful, healthy, energy-efficient and cheaper to maintain. With these energy and social benefits, it's clear to see why more and more people are opting to go radiant! Ready to make the switch? Call Dynamic Heating and Cooling today for expert advice on how to get started.