Radiant heat generates energy savings

Radiant heat brings uniform, even heat to every corner through warm water flowing through tubes in floors, walls and baseboards.

During the frigid winter weather, energy-conscious Canadian homeowners are trying to find ways to stay warm without raising their home heating costs.

Surveys have shown that many Canadians would likely invest in a quality heating system that was more expensive upfront if it saved them money in the long run.

A recent survey conducted by Beautiful Heat,  an online study of 1,003 Canadian homeowners, found nearly two-thirds of respondents shared that viewpoint.

Many homeowners with traditional heating systems are being energy conscious and are going to great lengths to avoid rising heating costs.

Almost 75 per cent  of the Beautiful Heat survey respondents said they like to keep warm while watching their energy consumption, with 43 per cent adjusting their thermostat and a surprising 30 per cent wearing layers to keep warm.

Experts say there is a whole other way to stay warm and comfortable without putting on a sweater. “Radiant heat uses water’s own natural heat retention to spread warmth around the home, creating a warm uniform heat in every room,” said  Hans Kircher, a heating ambassador for Beautiful Heat, a marketing campaign started by 11 manufacturers of  hydronic heating equipment.

“As a radiant system delivers a consistent even heat, homeowners can set their thermostats lower than with forced air systems, resulting in less energy usage and lower annual heating bills. It is the ideal choice for energy-conscious homeowners.”

Although a radiant system requires a greater upfront investment than traditional forced air heating systems, it provides numerous benefits.

In addition to using less energy, radiant heat’s zone controls enable homeowners to lower the temperature in lower traffic areas of the home.

Unlike forced air, which forces hot air through intrusive ducts and vents into a cold space, a radiant heat system is engineered to bring uniform, even heat to every corner of every room through warm water flowing through a network of tubes in floors, walls and baseboards.

As water is a natural heat-storage medium, able to hold almost 3,500 times more heat than air, a radiant system needs less energy to maintain an ideal temperature as it distributes heat around the home.

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