Greater Pittsburgh Radiant Heating Service & Repair
Radiant heated floors are a great way to keep your home, garage, basement, bathroom or kitchen cozy and warm during cold winter weather. A radiant heated floor feels incredible to walk on, especially on cold mornings or during the brisk Western Pennsylvanian winters. The heat generated by radiant heating systems is uniformly distributed wall-to-wall within the room where the piping is installed. There is no need for unsightly radiators or the installation of wall vents. Radiant heating is absolutely silent and virtually invisible!
Benefits of Radiant Heating Systems
Invisible and Silent Heating
There is no rattling in vents or whoosh when the furnace kicks on; no unsightly and bulky machines to be in the way
Ideal Heating for Allergy Suffers
No disturbance of dust, dander, or pollen from blowers or rushes of air; also, dust mites cannot survive in dry and warm areas which reduce the risk for those who suffer from asthma and allergies
Radiant heating units can have a lifespan reaching up to 35 years
Potential problems will have been identified upon the initial pressure testing of the pipes nor are there routine cleanings to deal with
Why Choose a Radiant Heating For Your Heated Floors?
As with in floor heating units there is no heating unit to be seen or take up space. And since all of the hardware lay directly beneath the flooring, the silence is attributed to there being no gusts of air causing vents to rattle. No maintenance cleaning is required – and you have absolute control over the floor temperature!
Another reason to install radiant heating into your home is the ability to control the “zones” which are heated. This pinpoint control allows you to heat just the rooms you are using or require it. Since the radiant heating system can be controlled via a thermostat, heating can be timed to ensure your bathroom heats up the floor prior to you and your family waking.
Radiant heating also heats from the ground up, which means there won’t be “cold spots” which a typical forced air furnace may cause. Also, heat rises, so instead of the heated forced air blowing out of a register and then immediately rising to the ceiling, the radiant heat emanates from the floor and then rises; whereby performing a more complete heating of the room or zone you select.
The type of radiant heating system you choose can depend on the type of services or utilities your home or business has available. Below are some options that could make your decision on purchasing radiant heating systems easier.
Natural Gas Fueled Radiant Heating
Radiant heating units were designed for a quiet performance in contributing heat to specific areas. Natural gas units are typically 97% efficient and can emit 40% less carbon emissions. Aside from this, natural gas radiant heat can lessen the emission of nitrous oxide up to 55%. The gas heating unit produces a flame that, in turn, heats water. Then, the heated water is pushed throughout the PEX radiant tubing.
PEX radiant tubing will need to be considered and installed during the remodel process or during new installation. PEX tubing typically requires some floor clearance, as the tubes will add some height to the floor. Heating floors in this manner can efficiently heat floors in larger areas, including larger homes, business or commercial real estate, and even for heated garage floors. For smaller applications, electric radiant heating systems are typically recommended.
Electric Radiant Heating
Electric radiant heating uses loops of heating coils (wired system or mats) which are laid down under the flooring then heated and controlled via a thermostat or an independent thermostat per “zone” or heated floor areas. In these areas that are heated, an electric wire system or pad generally run between 11-12 watts per square foot.
Electric radiant heating is beneficial for smaller applications. Some of these systems’s use cases are a smaller bathroom or powder room with heated floors. For these applications a smaller electric pad or electric coils can be laid under tile, laminate, or in other cases concrete. Typically, larger projects (over 3,000 sq. ft.) electric radiant heating is not recommended. The reason for this is that electric, as a utility, tends to be a higher cost than natural gas.
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Radiant Heating Inspiration and Heated Floor Use Cases
Traditionally reliable and longer lasting
Lowered Maintenance Costs
Less impactful on the environment
Costs less to operate than electric furnaces
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Call McDonald Plumbing & HVAC For All of Your Home Heating Needs
At Kenneth McDonald Plumbing & HVAC we strive to be the best in the business. Our team of skilled, NATE certified technicians have vast knowledge and expertise in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning industry. We are here to help you with your plumbing and HVAC emergencies, as well as your residential or business maintenance needs.
Our technicians arrive equipped to get the job done right the first time. Give us a call at: 724-789-7197 and you’ll find that our certified technicians have simple, convenient, prompt, and affordable solutions to all of your plumbing and hvac problems.