If you are redoing your house and looking for a new way to heat your house, there are many different options you can choose from. Two of them are baseboard heating and radiant floor heating.   

Baseboard Heating

Unlike a forced air furnace, a baseboard heating system doesn't blow air out into your house. Each heating unit is placed along the baseboards just above the floor. They aren't placed on all of the baseboards, but will be on some of the walls. Inside the baseboards are some kind of heating elements. Those elements are generally surrounded metal fins. The fins help to radiate the heat out from the element out into your room. 

The heating elements can be different things. One option is forced hit water. Those heating elements are made of water pipes. Hot water is forced through the pipes and then is radiated out to the room. There are also electric baseboard heaters. They are the same basic thing. Instead of a water pipe, the element is electric, but the construction is the same. 

Radiant Heating

Radiant heating and baseboard heating have some things in common. For example, they both use heating elements to reflect heat up into the room instead of blowing air into the house. In the case of radiant flooring, the heating elements are run under the floor. The floor absorbs the heat and radiates out to the air in the room. That heat rises up through the rest of the house. Since the heating coils and heating elements run under all the floors, there are no cold spots because the air isn't being disturbed by heated air being forced out into the room. 

Like baseboard heating, the heating elements for radiant heating can either be electrical elements or hot water tubes. 

One good thing about both of these heating systems is that they are both fairly energy efficient. That's because there is relatively little heat loss like there is with a forced hot air system. The heat is more evenly distributed with both methods. The pipes that run through a baseboard system will hold heat even after the right temperature has been reached, and the pipes will still radiate that heat out into the room. With a radiant floor heating system, the floor will hold and radiate heat up as well. 

If you are looking for a new heating system, whether you are renovating or building a new house, you may want to consider baseboard or radiant floor heating.  

Share