Radiant Heating Systems for Massachusetts Homes and Buildings
Radiant heating systems are typically installed in or under the floor of your home or office. Radiant heating systems are a fascinating bit of technology, because of the science behind them. These systems depend largely on radiant heat transfer, which is the delivery of heat directly from the hot surface to the people and objects in the room via infrared radiation.
Suburban HVAC has been taking care of homes in the Westwood, MA area since 1965. We are proud to provide cost-effective, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems to keep your space comfortable year-round. Trust the company that has been given the honor of the Carrier President’s Award for Excellence.
The Benefits of Radiant Heating
Radiant heating has myriad advantages:
- It is more efficient than baseboard heating
- It is more efficient than forced-air heating
- It eliminates duct losses
- It’s easier on people with allergies
- It uses little electricity – especially the water-based hydronic systems
- It’s a great solution for homes off the power grid or in areas with high electricity prices
There are three basic radiant floor types:
- Air-Heated Radiant Floors
- Electric Radiant Floors
- Hydronic Radiant Floors
We have a team of experts who will be able to help you decide what kind of a radiant heating system will best benefit your space.
The 3 Types of Floor Installations of Radiant Heating
When it comes to installing a radiant heating system, there are different types of floor installations.
Types of floor installations:
- General Installation – Installs consists of cables or tubing.
- “Wet” Installations – Tubing or cables are embedded in a solid floor. This is one of the oldest forms of modern radiant floor systems. The tubing or cable can be embedded in a thick concrete foundation slab or in a thin layer of concrete, gypsum, or other material installed on top of a subfloor.
- “Dry” Installations – Cables or tubing run in an air space beneath the floor. Occasionally, dry installations involve suspending the tubing or cables under the subfloor between the joists. Reflective insulation must also be installed under the tubes to direct the heat upward.
Once the cables or tubing are set, the next piece to consider is the covering. Ceramic tile is the most common and effective floor covering for radiant floor heating, due to how well it conducts heat and adds to overall thermal storage. Other materials, such as vinyl and linoleum sheets, carpeting, and wood, are not recommended because these types of coverings actually insulate the floor and decrease the efficiency of your system.
Contact Suburban HVAC for Radiant Heating
Radiant heating is an efficient option that is entirely out of sight and creates virtually no noise, unlike forced-air systems that produce noise. Radiant heat is easiest to install in a new construction or older remodel project, since there will be no ducts or registers to worry about. Suburban HVAC stays on top of the latest HVAC technology, such as radiant heating. For radiant heating services to achieve maximum comfort at home or at the office during our cold winters in Massachusetts, contact award-winning team Suburban HVAC.