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Radiant Heating vs. Forced Air Systems: Pros and Cons

Investing in a new heater can be a really exciting project. After all, you’re getting a brand new heating appliance with the latest technology and high-efficiency standards. But you still have to choose between the variety of different heater options on the market.

Among all of those options, there are two that stand out. Some homeowners prefer radiant heating, while others prefer forced air systems. No matter what type of heater you’re interested in, our team can help you make the right selection, especially for floor heating systems in Decatur, IN. You can keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of both radiant and forced air systems for heating.

Benefits of Radiant Heating

Radiant heating is wonderful because it generates heat from underneath your floors and can heat your home up very quickly. With radiant heat you have a network of pipes that hot water flows through as a method of transferring heat into your home. Instead of air blowing out of vents and mixing in with the existing air, your existing air gets heated by transferring this energy. 

Water is a much better conductor of heat compared to air, making a radiant heating system much more effective at producing heat. Radiant heaters are known to be very reliable and can last for a long time. Since they are so efficient at transferring heat into your home, you also stand to save on your energy costs each month.

Downsides of Radiant Heating

Having additional water pipes installed around your home elevates your risk for leaks. If you have a leaky pipe coming from your radiant heater, the repair project can be very involved. Our team will have to remove portions of your floor and do a little bit of extra work to address the leak. If you don’t already have a radiant heater, installing one is also a very involved project.

Benefits of Forced Air Systems

When you have a forced air heater, you have either a furnace or heat pump attached to a network of ducts laid out in your attic or basement. Air gets heated up and then blown through these ducts and out of vents into your home. 

This is definitely a more traditional method of heating and most homes have a forced air system for central heating. If you are upgrading your current heater, replacing it with another forced air system makes the installation process easier and more affordable since a large portion of the framework is already in place.

Downsides of Forced Air Systems

Forced air heaters can be more expensive to operate. Heat can get trapped in the ductwork and never make it into the walls of your home. As a result, your heater ends up working harder to produce the results that you expect. You may also face less comfortable temperatures on the coldest days of winter compared to a radiant heater. 

True Comfort, True Savings. The team at Colliers Comfort is here to serve you. Schedule an appointment today for heating service.

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