As the name suggests, radiation is used to transfer and spread heat within a space in radiant heating systems. Use of radiant heat to warm the indoors has been around for centuries. They are quite different in their operations as compared to conventional forced air heating systems. Many experts believe that it is more efficient than traditional heating systems. In terms of construction, domestic radiant heating systems are divided into these categories:
- In-floor radiant heating
- Wall and roof radiant heating
- Baseboard radiant heating
Let’s delve into some of the details of radiant heating systems for domestic use.
In-floor Radiant Heating
Floor base is used as a medium to spread heat all across a space through convection and radiation. The in-floor radiant heating system can be used in three different mechanisms.
Air-heated Radiant Floors
In this type of radiant heating system, a heating furnace blows hot air beneath the flooring. This heat is then transferred through radiation in the environment. Since air can only hold a small amount of heat, therefore air-heated radiant systems don’t provide good efficiency.
Electrically-driven Radiant Heating
A network of electric coiling built into the floor where the generated amount of heat is transferred to the floor surface through conductive subfloors. Electric radiant heating systems are good use of money if you are availing the maximum benefits of time-of-use electricity rate. A floor heated by the electric radiant heating system can remain warm for several hours to maintain comforting indoor temperature.
Hydronic Radiant Heating System
Last but not the least, hydronic radiant heating is the most popular in-floor heating system because they are efficient and cost-effective at the same time. This in-floor radiating system is driven by a boiler from where heated water is pumped into the meshwork of piping laid down beneath the flooring. Zoning valves are fitted with the system so that you can control the amount of heated water in different areas according to your temperature needs.
Roof and Wall Radiant Heating
They work in the similar fashion as in-floor heating. However, they are not popular because their installation procedure is quite laborious. Moreover, they are not as cost-efficient as the options we have already discussed.
Baseboard Radiant Heating System
Baseboard heating is very similar to hydronic in-floor radiant systems except that the water piping is installed within baseboards of different rooms. Heat is also transferred in a similar manner through radiation and convection.
Why Radiant Heating Systems?
There are multiple reasons to prefer radiant heating system over traditional heating options.
Quiet operation: Unlike conventional heating system, they operate without producing any noise.
Minimal heat loss: Unlike forced air heating options, there is very minimal heat loss in radiant heating systems due to their enclosed construction.
Better Quality of Heating: Since they warm up the whole environment instead of air only, therefore the temperature of the indoors remains stable even if a window or door is open.
If you are convinced that a radiant heating system is the most suitable option for domestic use, then call CaitCo Drainworks to proceed with its installation.