The Advantages of Radiant Floor Heating as Compared With a Forced-Air Furnace

by | Nov 21, 2018 | HVAC

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There are distinct advantages of relying on a company that provides a combination of services for plumbing, heating and air conditioning. One is being able to have this contractor install a system for Radiant Floor Heating that the homeowners can use instead of a forced-air furnace. Many people greatly appreciate this type of heating system because it’s quiet and clean, and provides more even heat throughout the home.

How It Works

This type of Floor Heating can be accomplished by installing tubes under the surface that hold hot water. A boiler keeps water at the optimum temperature while the system sends this water through the tubes and then back to the heater again. Any type of floor covering can be installed above the system, although plush carpeting decreases the efficiency since it has insulating properties that block some of the heat.

More Even Heat

With the warmth emanating from under the floor, the heat rises and keeps the entire room comfortable. Unlike a forced-air furnace, there are no cool spots in a large room since the warm air does not have to travel from a vent to a place several feet away. The heat is continuous instead of intermittently blowing through vents. Thus, people typically can keep their thermostats set a bit lower than they would with a standard furnace. Efficiency is also boosted because there is no need for ducts and the possibility of heat loss through loose duct joints.

Cleaner Air

With a forced-air system, return-air registers bring air from home back to the furnace for reuse. This also carries dust, pollen, pet dander and other substances back to the furnace. Filters help a great deal, but furnaces still tend to blow dust back into a room. This redistributes allergens into the air and causes the need for an ongoing dusting of the furniture. None of this happens with radiant heat.

This system, as installed by a contractor such as South Side Plumbing & Heating, does not require regular cleaning of the vents and return-air registers. Those devices can become quite dirty with a considerable amount of dust gathering on the grates. Visit to learn more about this particular organization. You can pay a visit to Facebook page for more information.

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