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 Is a Radiant Heating System Right For You?


Not everyone enjoys the same kind of warmth. This matters because understanding your preference in how you warm up can inform how you choose a heating system. You aren’t required to stick with a forced-air furnace or heat pump. You can also opt for a radiant heating system to warm up your home on a cold day.

If you aren’t sure about how a radiant heating system is different than a forced-air system, or how to tell which is right for you, then we can help. What’s more, we can also provide any radiant heating service in Staten Island, NY that you may need if and when you do find yourself using one.

Radiant vs. Forced-Air Heaters

First things first, let’s talk about what sets apart a radiant heating system from a forced air heating system.

Forced air heaters include heat pumps and furnaces. These systems use combustion, heat transfer, or electrical resistance to create heat that warms the air that is then blown into your home. The warmth created by forced air heaters is sometimes described as the feeling of a warm breeze.

Radiant heaters on the other hand radiate heat, creating a feeling commonly compared to warm sunlight. These systems either use warm water that is circulated through pipes in the floors and walls of the home, or electrical heating to warm radiant baseboards. While the installation of these systems is more expensive, they are very effective and highly efficient.

The Benefits of Radiant Heating

There is more than one reason why homeowners in our area opt for radiant heating in their homes. The benefits of radiant heating systems include:

  • No loss of energy through leaky ductwork: One common complaint that people with ducted heaters have is the loss of warm air and energy which can occur if a duct leak develops. This isn’t an issue that you will ever have to worry about when using a radiant heater, simply because they don’t use ductwork.
  • High energy efficiency all season long: Radiant heaters are extremely energy efficient. Hydronic radiant heaters can get a lot done while using very little power, making them great options for all-electric homes or homes that still use gas.
  • Powerful heating throughout the home: Whether you have a radiant floor heating system or an in-wall radiant heater, you’ll notice that the system provides great warmth throughout the house. One of the best benefits of these systems is that they are always reliable and powerful, even on the coldest of days.

What Factors to Consider

We can tell you all about radiant heaters but it won’t mean much if this isn’t the right system for you. So how can you figure out if a radiant heating system is the right choice for your home? Make sure to talk to a technician and consider the following factors:

  • What kind of fuel do you want to use moving forward.
  • Your budget for installation.
  • The type of heating (warm breeze vs radiant warmth) you want.
  • The floorplan of your home.

We know that choosing and installing any heating system in your home is a big deal. When you work with our team, we will keep things are straightforward and stress-free as possible.

Schedule your radiant heating system installation with Bob Mims Heating & Air Conditioning. Serving Staten Island’s Heating and A/C needs since 1955

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