Tired of the inefficiency and problems that traditional heating methods cause every winter? If so, you should consider radiant flooring. Still the “new kid on the block,” radiant flooring has steadily improved over the years and is a great alternative to inefficient forced-air heating systems. Here is some information to help you decide which is best for your family.
Radiant flooring is 25 percent more efficient than forced-air heating, according to Kansas State University and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Forced-air systems have large units that turn on and off, creating noise. Radiant heating is installed in the floor with no unit to make noise.
Forced-air is pumped out of ceiling vents or floor grates. The air stays at the ceiling level or immediately rises to the ceiling, meaning you don’t get the benefit of the heat. This causes you to set the thermostat higher to keep the air around you at the right temperature.
Forced-air systems also have a problem with parasitic heat loss. Air from the furnace must travel through a series of tubes to get to the other rooms. Heat is lost due to air leaks or when the air cools going through duct work in cold attics or basements.
Radiant heat only varies approximately 5 degrees from floor to ceiling in a room. If the air at floor level is 70 degrees, the air temperature at the ceiling will be 65.
When forced-air systems distribute warm air, they also blow out dust, allergens and germs. Radiant heating heats your home with panels underneath the flooring. There is no ductwork in which dust, dirt, allergens and germs can collect.
Forced-air systems also lower the humidity level in the home, which dries out the air and causes scratchy throats as well as bronchial problems.
See if Radiant Flooring is Right for You
In business since 1975, we have the experience to meet all your heating, cooling and radiant flooring needs. If you’re interested in keeping your family comfortable while saving money, contact Davis Air Conditioning today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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