Heating and Air Conditioning in Macon, GA

Is Radiant Heating Cheaper Than Forced Air?

What are the pros and cons of radiant heat?

Like all systems, radiant heating has advantages and disadvantages. Whether you live in hotter or colder regions, they can be beneficial to your home when being mindful of the drawbacks they may have. Comparatively to a traditional HVAC system, a radiant system is advantageous and popular for: 

  • Energy efficient 
  • Definite lack of noise
  • Matches the temperature to the entire room more easily than other systems
  • When installing without a floor, installation is easy
  • No dust build up
  • Longer lifespan
  • Few necessary repairs

Radiant heating and cooling do negate multiple complaints that arise with a home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. As mentioned, the system can save a person money due to the system uses electricity versus the alternative option. Being hypoallergenic, the system is beneficial to those sensitive to dust in the air due to it having no effect on the air a person breaths in. Whereas an HVAC system will have to work harder to achieve the chosen temperature, the radiant heating system takes on the task through a different process and delivers the same result with a definite lack of noise. The possible disadvantages however of the system can hinder a person if they are not aware of what could result through carelessness:

  • Heavy upfront cost when the floor needs to be removed
  • When needed, repairs are difficult 
  • If it’s hydro-powered when the system is aged significantly
  • When poorly installed, electrical problems and fires are possible

When installed by an experienced technician, like those at Total Comfort Cooling & Heating, LLC, a radiant heating or cooling system can offer various benefits and a clear lack of disadvantages. Speak to one of our representatives if you believe the system is right for your home and we can help in the process.

Can you put rugs on heated floors?

It is recommended you not put just any rug on a floor that has radiant heating. While being naturally different from the average HVAC system, in regard that it won’t necessarily catch fire, it will still break down due to being an insulator. Not only that, but the carpet will also make the radiant heater less effective due to that it is first absorbing the effects the system is putting out. With that said, carpets that have thermal resistance at one or two are suggested when you find that you are interested in a carpet on your radiant heated floor. With heated floors lasting around thirty years, has a chance of being highly hindered on such a surface.