Radiant Heating — How It Works to Keep Southwest Illinois Homes Cozy in Cool Temps

Posted On: January 01, 2014

If you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional gas furnace in your Metro-East home this winter, you might want to consider a radiant heating system.

What Is a Radiant Heating System?

Radiant heating systems largely rely on radiant heat transfer, which can be explained as the delivery of heat directly from a warm surface to items in the room through a process of infrared radiation. Radiant heating systems supply heat directly to the surface through the installation of panels in the ceilings, walls or floors in your home. Radiant heating systems are most commonly located in the floor, and are often referred to simply as floor heating.

Radiant Heating – a Greener Choice

With a push to be greener and energy efficient these days, radiant heating is the smart choice in heating your home. Radiant heating has proved to be more efficient than traditional methods of providing warmth to a home, such as baseboard heating and even forced-air heating. It improves on the latter because it doesn’t experience the heat loss that occurs in ductwork. Liquid-based (hydronic) systems use only a small amount of electricity, which reduces energy costs. If you’re looking to lower your carbon footprint, installing a radiant heating system in your home may be the right choice for you.

For more expert advice about radiant heating systems or any other home comfort issue, please contact us at Ernst Heating & Cooling. We serve communities throughout Southwest Illinois including Alton, Bethalto and Glen Carbon.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hamel, Alton, Glen Carbon, Highland, Greenville, and Troy, Illinois and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about radiant heating and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. 

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