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Radiant Heating Systems & Service in Minneapolis, MN
There are many ways to provide heat for a household to survive the frequently grueling winters in Minnesota. The natural gas furnace is the most popular, and heat pumps have also become more common. Both of these are forced-air systems that blow out heated air through vents. But there is a completely different method of delivering heat throughout a house: radiant heating. Instead of forcing air through vents, a radiant heater sends waves of heat from object within the room, like a radiator or heated floorboards.
Freedom Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is dedicated to seeing that our customers in the Minneapolis, MN area have the highest quality heating for their homes during the icy winters, so we install radiant heating systems as well as forced-air systems. Contact us for more information about a radiant heater installation or to schedule service for your current system.
Should You Install a Radiant Heating System in Your Minneapolis Home?
Radiant heat is one of the three ways that heat moves. Convection heating is heat carried on currents of air. Conduction heating is heat that is transferred through contact between surfaces. Radiant heating is heat that travels in electromagnetic waves from a heated object until it meets another object. For example, the warmth you feel coming from black asphalt on a sunny day is a type of radiant heating.
In the HVAC world, a radiant heater is any type of heating system that works by raising the temperature of an object in a room, which then sends out heat radiation. Usually, these are hydronic systems that work with a boiler sending heated water to various terminal points in a house (such as to a radiator or baseboard heater) or running the water through pipes in the floor to warm up the floorboards (which is called in–floor heating). Some radiant heating systems operate from electricity, although these are not as popular or energy–saving as hydronic systems.
The Advantages of Radiant Heating Compared to Forced–Air Heating
The most common type of home heating system is the forced–air heater, such as the furnace or heat pump, which raises the temperature of air and then blows that air out into the living spaces through ductwork or mini air handlers. Radiant heating systems have some advantages over forced–air heaters that you might consider if you’re thinking of installing a new central heater for your home:
- Energy efficiency:
- Radiant heating, especially hydronic systems, lose much less heat as they operate and will save money on energy bills.
- Even spread of heat:
- The heat entering a room from a radiant heater spreads faster and more evenly than that from a forced–air heater. This is especially true for in–floor heating, which radiates from beneath your feet.
- Air quality improvements:
- Forced–air systems tend to blow around a lot of airborne contaminants as they operate, which will worsen allergy and asthma problems. But radiant systems provide clean heat.
Interested in In–Floor Heating or Other Radiant Heaters? Call Us for Installation!
A radiant heating system installation can be a big job, but it may be the right choice for your home. If you’re building a new home, choosing in–floor heating is one the best options available for energy–saving and cozy heat—you’ll find it hard to believe you ever got along without it!
Call Us for Radiant Heating Services in Minneapolis, MN and the surrounding Area
Freedom Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has the team of trained technicians who can easily handle all the installation or replacement work required for a great radiant heating system in your house. They are also dedicated to helping you with any repair work that you may require in the future, and the regular maintenance that will keep your heater working great one Minneapolis, MN winter after the other.