Radiant heating can cut your heating bill by 10 to 15 percent this winter. Underfloor heating is a system that heats the house when warmed water circulates through PEX tubes installed in the floor. Since a floor has a large surface area, radiant heating works well with lower temperatures than other heating systems to achieve the same degree of heat transfer. That’s where you’ll see energy savings. By keeping the thermostat at a lower temperature, you use less energy overall. Radiant heating yields other benefits as well.
Energy Savings with Radiant Heating
Compared to standard heating systems, radiant heating yields several energy efficiency advantages. For example, you can program the thermostat about 5 degrees lower than with conventional heating systems, which can turn into real energy savings by the end of our typically long New Haven winters. On average, radiant heating yields 10 to 15 percent in energy savings.
Radiant Heating is a New Haven CT Healthy Alternative
Unlike standard heating systems, radiant heating doesn’t feature ducts and vents to allow dust, fumes and allergens to build up and carry from room to room. In addition, radiant heating provides ambient, even heat – there are no “hotspots” or variation in temperatures between rooms. Flooring materials that work well with radiant heating range from concrete, tiles or mixed gypsum. Laminate floors also work well, and carpeted floors must be rated appropriately for your preferred temperatures. However, radiant heating is not recommended for vinyl floors.
Tax Credits for Greater Energy Savings
Depending on the type of radiant heating you install, you might be eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit, up to $1,500. Working with one of our energy auditors at Tri-City Heating and Cooling is the first step in finding ways to increase your energy savings with radiant heat this winter. During an energy audit, a Tri-City energy auditor will assess your New Haven home and discuss energy efficient recommendations, whether your house is older, or undergoing new construction.