In a home which is heated by radiant heat, your body circulation will improve because your feet are warm. That isn't the case with a forced air system. The heat is near the ceiling, around your head. Chairs and walls keep warm without cold spots or drafts in a radiant heated home -- objects in a forced air home are only as warm as the air around them. Radiant Heat keeps your furniture, drapes and painted walls extremely clean and keeps the floors dry. When the home is heated by blowing air; dust, dirt, grime, molds and other materials are blown from the ducts soiling the objects in the room. Place furniture anywhere. There are no grills or baseboards with a radiant heat system. Hang drapery right to the floor. Install wood, tile, carpet, or any other floor coverings without fear of cold feet. Forced air can't come close to the flexibility of a radiant heating system.
Radiant heat is not absorbed by the air, so it is ideal for buildings which have high air exchange rates. Radiant heat offers considerable energy savings over warm air systems, especially under otherwise difficult conditions. Radiant heat is transmitted by infrared waves and is directional. Radiant panel heating ensures that cold spots are avoided. Zone control of the radiant system permits flexible management, allowing selected areas to be heated to different temperatures as required. Radiant heating minimizes roof heat losses. By keeping the heat at floor level and around the objects to be heated, the temperature at the ceiling level becomes cooler and substantially reduces the heat loss. Radiant heat warms up cold bodies directly without heating the whole building. Consequently, radiant heating responds to the heating needs more quickly than warm air. The less frequent warm up periods save fuel and allow the heating system to match flexible, modern working arrangements. Radiant heating does not circulate air, therefore airborne particles are reduced. Radiant heat is not for everyone, but it does offer some home owners benefits that forced air does not. Advantage Development Co. is an award winning custom home green builder in Asheville NC with over two decades of experience. Call us at 828.215.9064 for a free consultation or visit us at http://www.advdevco.com/ to learn more about us.