When you are looking for a way to heat your home, the most obvious option is to install a furnace or heat pump. While both of these options offer many benefits for a home, they are not the only options. Furnaces have benefits, but they also have drawbacks. They are loud, for example, and they increase your dependence on the grid. If you are looking for a quiet, economical option for heating your home off the grid, then you should consider having radiant heating installed in your home.
What Is Radiant Heating?
Workers install radiant heating tubes in the floor of your home. They first run these tubes against the floorboards or cement pad that makes up the floor of your home. They then pour a thin layer of cement to encase and protect the heating tubes. These tubes are then connected to a water heater. You can use either a water heater with a tank, or a tankless water heater. You will get a more immediate response and less waste by using a tankless system. This system is then connected to a thermostat, which will trigger a response from your heating system whenever the need for heat arises.
What Are the Benefits of Radiant Heating?
Radiant heating has a couple of key benefits over traditional heat systems. For one, if you do not like walking on cold floors during the winter, then radiant heating is the choice for you. The first part of your home that the heating tubes will heat up is your floor. Thus, you should never have to worry about walking on cold floors. The second key benefit is residual heating. When your thermostat sends the signal to stop the heating system, the heat contained by the water in your system does not immediately go away, nor does the heat in your floor. Thus, the heating tubes and floor will continue to heat your floor for some time after the system shuts off. A third benefit is that if you use an electronic heating system, you can use a wind turbine and.or solar panels to power the water heater and thus take your heating system off the grid.
If you do not have access to a natural gas pipe, you don't want to have to worry about having propane delivered to your home. Or, if you simply want to take your home off the grid, a radiant heating system might be a good option for you. At the very least, you should discuss radiant heat with a HVAC specialist, like one from Biggerstaff Plumbing Heating & Air, to see if it might be a good option for you.Share