Posted on 10/21/2013
There's nothing quite like coming home to a warm, toasty house after walking in from the frigid outdoors. However, not everyone has this luxury - depending on your house's energy efficiency, it may be chillier than you would like in your humble abode.
You don't need to start turning up your heater and boosting your energy consumption in order to feel comfortable in your own home. Radiant floor heating is one option that people are considering to dramatically improve the coziness of their living spaces. But what exactly is radiant heat?
If you're unfamiliar with this term or how radiant heat can benefit you, there's no better time to educate yourself on the facts than now. With winter just around the corner, it's the perfect opportunity to learn more about radiant heating and how it can help you reduce your energy usage, as well as your carbon footprint.
Boost Your Comfort Level with Radiant Heating
The most obvious benefit of radiant heat is that it can make your home more comfortable. Think about walking onto your tiled kitchen floor, only to feel warmth beneath your toes rather than an unwelcome chill. While it might not seem like a big deal, the difference has been large enough for people to install radiant heating systems in hope of making a more cozy living space.
Reduce Your Energy Costs
Installing a radiant heating system can reduce the need to turn up your thermostat, especially during the winter. In fact, opting for this form of heating can potentially lower your heating expenses. If you live in an area where winters are long and harsh, this may be an especially ideal option for you and your household.
Choose the Versatile Option
The most common flooring used in examples pertaining to radiant heating systems is concrete, but it doesn't just work with this material. It can be installed under everything from tile to wood. In some instances, a radiant heating system can be installed under carpeting. However, it's worth noting that any thick floor covering has the potential to hinder the effectiveness of the system and heat created below.
Decrease Noise Levels
How many times have you woken up in the middle of the night due to a noisy furnace kicking on? With radiant floor heating, you don't have to worry about this. It's a virtually silent system that keeps your home warm as well as quiet.
Additionally, this option can be ideal for individuals who have allergies or respiratory conditions. Because there's no furnace that needs to turn on and force dust into the air, the air quality inside of the home can dramatically improve.
Whether you want to install a radiant heating system before the winter or within the coming months, these reasons can motivate you to do so.
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