Radiant heat is a form of heating where heat is absorbed by a person or object directly from a heat source. The most common source of radiant heat that we are all familiar with is sunlight.
The light from the sun gives off heat that we absorb. Radiant heat is responsible for the warming effects of sunlight as well as many other forms of light including the heat generated from light bulbs.
How Does a Radiant Heating System Work?A radiant heating system uses the principles of radiant heat to heat a Dundalk home, building or facility. There are many different types of radiant heating systems available. The two most popular kinds of radiant heating systems are hydronic or hot water based systems and electric systems.
In a hydronic based radiant heating system, a network of pipes is buried beneath the floors of a building. The pipes constantly circulate hot water and this is what heats the building from the floor up.
In an electrical radiant heating system a system of electrical cables is buried underneath the floor instead of pipes. The electricity in the cables generates heat which warms up the floor. Radiant heating systems that have their heat source underneath the floor are classified as underfloor heating systems. In the electrical underfloor heating system, a thick concrete floor is required in order for the floor to absorb and give off enough heat to warm a house or building.
There are also wall panel radiant heating systems and ceiling panel radiant heating systems. Wall panel heating systems contain electrical panels that generate heat from inside a wall, while a ceiling system heats a large facility from the ceiling on down.
Why are Radiant Heating Systems Superior to Other Heating Systems?A radiant heating system is more efficient than conventional forced air heating systems. It uses less energy to heat a Dundalk home, and thus will save a homeowner or facility manager money on utility bills.
Radiant heating systems also heat a home evenly, and from the ground up. This results in much greater comfort and the elimination of cold spots in a home.
In forced air heating systems hot and cold air pockets develop and the air is typically warmed from the ceiling on down. This creates a contrast in air temperature, where the ground is colder than the ceiling. This can cause discomfort.
With a radiant heating system you will feel warmer, since you are being heated directly from a heat source and from the ground up. With no air blowing around, you will also be less exposed to dust and allergens. Greater comfort, energy savings and less particle circulation are the main reasons why people install radiant heating systems in their homes or facilities.
Find out more about radiant heating and it’s benefits for your Dundalk, MD home this season. Call Realiability Home at 443-399-8663 today.