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What Exactly Is Radiant Heating?

Furnaces tend to be the most popular of all residential heating systems. This is understandable. They are relatively simple to install, can share ductwork with central ACs, and can operate quite efficiently. This is not to say, however, that forced air heating does not have its drawbacks. It does, and those issues can be resolved with the utilization of radiant heating.

Radiant heating in Des Moines, IA is quite common, as it tends to be in areas where very cold winter weather is the norm. If you are interested in forgoing the use of a forced air heating system for any reason, consider the following information carefully. We’re happy to handle any questions that you may have. 

How Radiant Heating Works

Unlike forced air heaters, radiant heating systems do not heat air directly and then distribute that air throughout the house via a network of ducts. Instead, radiant heaters apply heat directly to surfaces in the home. This is typically the flooring, though radiant heaters may also heat walls in some instances.

A variety of different heating sytems can be used to help the radiant heating system work efficiently, such as electric systems. These rely on electric resistance in order to generate heat. Because of the cost of electricity, however, these types of systems are generally more expensive to run.

Radiant heating allows heat to move up from the floor or out from the walls in order to warm furniture, objects, and people in the living space directly. You don’t have to worry about the heated air from a furnace rising to the ceiling and getting trapped. Water and solid objects also hold heat better than air, so the effects are longer lasting.

Schedule your radiant heating services with Schaal Heating and Cooling.


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