In a radiant heating system, heat radiates off a hot surface into the rest of the room. No air is forced through ductwork, resulting in more energy savings. Instead, heated tubing is placed on the floor, or heated panels are installed in walls or ceilings. Radiant floor heating is the most popular. It uses convection, heat’s tendency to rise and circulate. This means that less energy is required to thoroughly heat a space. By running your ceiling fan at a low speed, you can keep the warm air circulating through the room. This method of heating has the additional benefit of reducing warm or cold spots. Radiant systems offer many advantages to homeowners looking to save energy: According to Energy Star, leaks in ductwork and buildings can account for over 20 percent of energy loss in the average New Jersey home. But because radiant systems don’t involve forced air, energy isn’t pushed through leaks in the building, or rips and disjointed connections in the ductwork. Because air isn’t constantly moving, dust, allergens, and other home pollutants aren’t constantly stirred up. Dust mite infestations have been shown to decrease dramatically. This can be beneficial for residents who suffer from airborne allergies or other symptoms. Many beautiful floors covering options are available, including ceramic tile, carpeting, and wood. It’s easiest to install a hydronic floor system during construction or remodeling, but existing homes can benefit, too. The cost varies, depending on factors like the type of system you choose, your location, the size of your home, and the floor covering you select. Every home is different, so if you’re interested in saving money and increasing your comfort with a radiant system, call Pipe Works Services. We’ll be happy to evaluate your living space and answer your questions! Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.