How long does a radiant system take to warm up the house from a cold start?
The average radiant heating system will take around a day to raise the house to itʼs set temperature, but that is because the nature of how a radiant system heats. The heat initially heats up the floor material and then the room, but because of that, temperatures are steady and comfortable, and the system is energy efficient.
Can a radiant system take care of snow and ice melt also?
Absolutely! This system is becoming more and more popular in snowier climates, and has quite a few advantages. Not only does it generally keep your driveway clear of snow and ice, but it eliminates nasty salts and chemicals that have been used to melt the ice, which means no environmental pollution, no uneven melting, no stream run-off, and longer slab life of the driveway.
Is radiant heat good with large rooms that have tall ceilings?
Radiant heating thrives in these exact situations. Normal heating just pumps hot air into the room, which instantly rises to the ceiling. Because we donʼt walk on the ceiling most of this heat is wasted, and we never feel it. It also causes cold areas and drafts through the house. Radiant systems heat from the ground, which is exactly where you want it to be. The warmth of the room stays where all the activities in the room are, so even with a lower ambient room temperature, you feel warmer and more comfortable than with a conventional system.
Can radiant help with allergy problems?
Yes, radiant systems are a favorite among allergy sufferers. Because there is no fans, vents, or forced air systems, no pollens, hair or allergens are constantly being circulated through the house. This can be a huge relief in the tough allergy seasons.