Forced air and radiant heating systems have been competing with each other for decades. There are adherents of both sides, each insisting that their side is the best method for home heating. So, which one is telling the truth? As with most things in life, there are pros and cons to each side. Here, we’ll examine some of the benefits of each, as well as the disadvantages. In the end, it’ll be up to you to decide.
Forced air systems are likely what you think of when you think of home heating systems. They are comprised of a central heater, usually a furnace, and a network of ducts through which the heater can distribute warm air.
Forced air systems’ advantages lie in their versatility. They are by far the most common systems, and that means that most HVAC companies will be able to service them. They are relatively cheap, depending on the one you get, and the parts they use can often be easily replaced.
The con to using a forced air system inefficiency. The fact of the matter is that air isn’t really a great medium for transporting heat. When hot air is blown into a room, its tendency is to rise to the top of the room. That is hardly helpful to the people walking around on the floor of the room. It also creates uncomfortable hot and cold spots, due to the uneven nature of the air flow.
Radiant heating is a boiler-based system comprised of a network of water pipes connected to a central boiler. The pipes are installed in the subfloor of each room, and as hot water from the boiler runs through them, they distribute that heat through the floor.
The benefits of radiant heating are that it heats the room much more evenly than a forced air system. This is because it bypasses using air as a medium, instead transporting heat through solid objects.
The disadvantage to radiant heating is that it requires more of an investment to install, and has some stricter requirements for things like floor types in the home.
If you’d like to know more, contact Air Conditioning Experts. We provide heating installation throughout Lakeland, FL.