Radiant floor heating is a method of heating your home by applying heat underneath or within the floor, wall or ceiling and in effect, making the entire surface of the floor or wall the radiator. Similar to cast iron radiators, this type of heat distribution warms objects directly, as opposed to raising the temperature of the air which then warms objects. Think of it as the difference between sitting in the sun or the shade. Sitting in the sun can be quite comfortable, even on an otherwise cool day.
Radiant systems operate at significantly lower temperatures than a typical radiator system and provide an even higher level of comfort. Savings of up to 20% can be attributed to Radiant Heating in Ottawa, due to the ability to maintain comfort and a lower thermostat setting something called the “Radiant Mean Temperature.”
It is a common misconception that Radiant Heating in Ottawa is a new technology; in fact, radiant heating has been in continuous use for thousands of years. The Romans used radiant heating their bathhouses and used similar technology to heat the water for the public baths. Radiant heating has been used for centuries by the Koreans to heat their royal palaces and traditional homes.
Today’s’ radiant heating technology is more advanced, and new materials and technologies can be used to provide heat for almost any purpose. Incorporating domestic water heating, pool heating and snowmelt systems. Although lesser known, Radiant Systems are also used very effectively for cooling as well.