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Radiant Heating and How It Keeps Ohioans Cozy in the Winter Months

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 04:24 PM

Radiant heating offers an efficient, cost-effective way to keep your home warm throughout the winter. It's an old technology that has undergone modern technical innovations to make it work in homes of all sizes and configurations.

More About Radiant Heating

winter radiant heatingMost people in Ohio live in homes that have forced air heating. This kind of system depends on heating air at one location and then moving it to another location. This is the principle of convection.

Radiant heat systems work a bit differently. Instead of heating air and moving to another location, this kind of system uses the principle of radiation. The system uses hot water or electrical elements to heat up a radiator, radiant baseboard or radiant panel installed into the floor, walls or ceiling of a room. That surface, in turn, radiates heat into the room. The heat warms up objects and the air at the same time.

Advantages of a Radiant System of Heating

  • Even heating throughout the home.
  • Improved indoor air quality. Forced air systems blow allergens and pollutants through the air constantly.
  • More energy-efficient than similarly sized forced air systems.
  • Runs silently since it doesn't need a blower or air handler.
  • Allows for easy zoning in the home.

Proper installation of a radiant heat system requires an HVAC contractor perform a heat loss estimate for the system. With this estimate calculated, the contractor can size the boiler or water heater for the system. A system too small won't keep the house comfortable, while a system too large will only waste energy.

For more information on radiant heating, contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We've served the greater Cleveland area for over 75 years.

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Paul WadsworthPaul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

Topics: heating system, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, radiant heating system, Radiant heating

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