You've heard of radiant floor heating – warming panels installed in your floorboards to provide household heat. However, you probably haven't heard of radiant ceiling panels, a less common home heating option. If you're building a new home and you want options other than a big furnace or electric heater, radiant ceiling panels are definitely something that you should consider. Take a look at a few reasons that you should consider this option for your home.
Furnaces and central air conditioning units take up valuable home real estate. If you don't want to give up that space in a kitchen, basement, or utility closet, a set of radiant ceiling panels, paired with a mini-split air conditioning system, can save a lot of space. That leaves you free to design your home in any way that you like, without having to plan around a large, inconvenient appliance. Want an additional linen closet instead of a utility closet holding a central air conditioning unit? Want to build a home gym in the basement and not have to work around a furnace? You can do that without sacrificing comfort from a good heating system.
Usually, radiant ceiling panels are controlled by a thermostat in the room that they're installed in. That means that each room gets its own climate control. You can turn the heat off in the rooms that you're not using during the day, or in the kitchen if it's uncomfortably hot while cooking. If your kids like it warmer, you can send them to bed in a room that's comfortable for them, without having to sacrifice your own comfort. Everybody wins with zoned heating.
Radiant ceiling panels save money in several different ways. They cost less to install than traditional forced-air heating systems because they don't require integrating a complicated ductwork system into the house. All that you need are the panels and the thermostats. The lack of ductwork also makes the ceiling panel system more efficient. Forced air systems lose at least some heat as the air travels through the duct system. With radiant ceiling panels, all of the heat that the panels generate is used to warm the room; none is lost along the way. The ability to divide the house into separate heating zones also saves cash – just turn the heat off in rooms you're not using, and pay only to heat the rooms that you actually use.
Ask your building contractor about the possibility of using radiant ceiling panels in your new home instead of traditional heating systems. You'll be glad that you did. For more information, contact a professional like those at Plumb Pros Plumbing Heating & Drains.Share
14 July 2015
When I was in college, I lived in an old house just south of the university campus with five other girls. When we came back from Christmas break, the heater was broken. The beginning of January was the coldest time of the year, and because it was the weekend, the heating company couldn't come fix it for a few days. My roommates and I pulled our mattresses into the front room and slept all together to keep warm. Two weeks later, our heater broke again! That time we ended up getting a completely new furnace. Needless to say, we got to be good friends with the heating contractor that month, and it was a good experience that led to the creation of this blog.