A new heating system for a home is one of the most important considerations in buying or building the home. Health considerations are just as imperative as financial considerations. Dust, dirt and the refuse of vermin can be blown throughout the house using a system that blows air to heat. That can be deadly to an asthmatic or those with other lung malfunctions. A radiant heating system, on the other hand, uses radiation to heat the house. This does not spread illness. Radiation also means that homeowners may receive renewable heat incentives from power companies as well as tax incentives. Green heating methods means money saved.
Radiant heat uses coils through which water is pumped. Electricity heats the water which then radiates heat upward from the floor under which it is installed. The time it takes to return to a temperature set by a thermostat is longer, which will save money in the long run. People can be satisfied with a lower temperature because the space they are in will be heated directly. Forced air heat heats the whole room but can leave people less comfortable. Additionally, forced air can escape through cracks in walls, flooring and ceilings. This costs more money and leaves the people uncomfortable.
Installation of such a heating system can be done by professionals or the homeowner can do it himself. Installation by a professional can be expensive, but the homeowner can be assured of quality product applied correctly. There are manuals available to the homeowner detailing the process by which the heating system is installed. These cover direct, indirect and slab installation. They also cover water heaters heating the coils. Also available to the homeowner are manuals detailing the use of solar energy to heat the water heater for the heating coils. Solar energy receives tax considerations from renewable heat incentives, which homeowners should look into when considering systems.
What homeowners should look for in a new heating system is efficiency, zoning and the life of the present heat pump and water heater. Homeowners want a heating system that is efficient, environmentally friendly plus one that will enjoy a long life. Replacing heat pumps and water heaters is expensive. Look for a radiant heating system that considers condensation in summer in addition to being integrated with the slab or stapled up underneath the floor joists. Look for a radiant system that can work in conjunction with existing radiators or heat pumps. Homeowners should know how cooling in summer will work.
A new heating system for a home is an important consideration. Comfort, economics and environmental friendliness are tied in to this decision. Making this choice will mean health, comfort and warmth for the family.