What Is a Radiant Heat System?

Illustration showing different types of heating systems available to install in your Minneapolis home.A radiant heat system is a unique and innovative way to provide comfortable heat to chilly homes. The way these systems operate is fascinating and changing the way we heat our homes; we may find that every Minneapolis furnace may soon be using this new technology. Rather than heating air and then distributing it through air ducts, radiant heat systems direct heat into solid objects like floor panels, wall panels, the ceiling, or even furniture!

How does this have an effect on you? How will you stay warm and comfortable if the ceiling is what is getting hot? Isn’t this just like aiming a fan at the wall and expecting to get cool? Actually, the science is more complex than that. Read on to learn more.

How Does It Work?

Radiant heat systems depend primarily on a process known as radiant heat transfer, or the conduction of warmth from a hot surface to people, objects, and the air around the surface. If you are sitting near a heat panel, you will feel cozy and warm as if a heater is blowing in your direction!

Imagine how a turkey bakes in an oven; heat is not applied directly to the bird but is applied to coils on the ceiling and floor of the oven. Radiant heat then heats the turkey and can even make your entire kitchen feel nice and toasty. This process of heat transfer is called convection. Radiant heat works in a similar way.

Why Use It?

Illustration depicting the difference between radiator and underfloor heating.There are actually a number of good reasons to heat your home like an oven with radiant heat systems. First, radiant heat is more efficient than baseboard heat and forced-air heat, also called central heating. You may find that your energy costs sharply decrease after installing a radiant heat system.

Second, forcing air to circulate throughout your home brings you in contact with allergens, including dust, pollen, pet dander, and even mold particles. Radiant heat simply involves the transfer of heat through the air rather than blowing hot air in your direction.

Finally, it feels great! Radiant heat produces even, comfortable heat throughout your home. You do not have to crowd near a baseboard vent or sit directly in front of an air vent to feel the comfortable heat.

What Types of Radiant Heat Systems Are There?

There are many different types of radiant-heat systems, all depending on the location of the heat source and its installation process. Tubing, aluminum panels, hot water, and electrical cables can be installed under concrete or fed through the walls; sometimes, radiant heat systems even rely on solar energy.

The installation processes are vastly different depending on your property’s heating needs, the type of radiant-heating system that appeals to you, and what kind of building materials the installation professionals will be working around.

However it’s installed, your system can be conveniently controlled and adjusted for your comfort. Systems can even be timed to adjust the heat levels at different times of the day, providing necessary heat in chilly winter nights but backing off on a bright and sunny afternoon.

If you are considering changing your Minneapolis furnace, your heating system needs frequent repairs, or you are building a new home, find out what type of radiant heat system is right for you. We think you will love these new, innovate, efficient, and money-saving systems more than any other system out there.