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Things To Consider When Choosing Between Forced Air or Radiant Heat

A lot of newer, modern homes can feature radiant heating or you may be thinking of adding it in throughout your home as a way to reduce your energy bill during the winter months. There are several reasons a homeowner may decide against one option and install the other. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric services home for radiant heat repairs and can give you enough information to determine whether it’s a good addition to your home, the operating cost, and the difference between forced air and radiant heating.

Our technicians at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric have spoken to dozens of homeowners on their experience with radiant heating and forced air. One of the top responses we receive is the air pollution in their home is almost nonexistent. When you have a forced air unit- it’s literally pulling and heating the air and moving it through the ducts or flooring of your home, easily circulating dust and other irritants that can easily affect those with breathing issues such as asthma.

Since we live in a relatively stable climate during the winters, unlike those north of us that have recently experienced a polar vortex and intense changes in their weather, and undoubtedly an expensive forced air bill, radiant heating may be the better option for you!

But, how does it heat differently?

Radiant heating is more efficient at providing consistent heat in the rooms where you want it to warm. In the debate about which one is better, Radiant Heating always wins because it effectively eliminates air pollutants that are associated with forced air and is more energy efficient.

Let’s break it down with some Pro’s and Con’s:

Radiant Heating:

-30% more effective at consistent heating: your entire space is going to be relatively the same temperature.

-No Circulating Air Pollutants: because there are no ducts and forced air, it’s not moving dust and irritants around.

-Quiet Operation

-Add’s supplemental heating to rooms that are typically cooler than other rooms.

-Is an expensive install

-Doesn’t circulate air

With forced air heating, your air circulates at different temperatures as it moves throughout the room. It’s a fast way to heat a room up but it is also the quickest way to lose heat. Forced Air that is moved through ducts are more vulnerable to a loss of heat called parasitic heat loss. Parasitic heat loss is when your heated air escapes through even the littlest cracks in your duct system or doors, windows, and more. Forced air can not be controlled to only one room, you have to heat an entire level of your home, including empty spaces and rooms that aren’t being used.

Forced Air:

-Circulate Air: If you need the air in your home to move and fans don’t cut it, this is the way to go.

-Allergens: Because the HVAC system circulates air, it also moves dust and irritants around.

-Inconsistent temperatures as it moves around the home.

-Noisy Operation: the HVAC system will routinely kick on and off.

-Leaking: ducts are prone to leakage, causing parasitic heat loss.

-A new HVAC system is also expensive but monthly bills tend to fluctuate more radically than with radiant heat.

-Energy Bill: your energy bill is going to fluctuate depending on how warm or cool you like it in your home.

-Empty Space: forced air will heat the areas that are not used often and cost you money to heat because you can not pick and choose which places to heat.

If your home features either or both radiant heat or forced heat, our technicians at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric are knowledgeable in both for both installation and repair. Be sure to contact us either by phone or by submitting a form online about scheduling your service today!

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