We highly recommend radiant heat and most of our clients choose radiant heat for their new home. Radiant heat is the most popular central heating system on the market today.
So what is radiant heat? Heating tubes or panels, which can be installed in any type of floor system, are heated by either water pipes, electric elements, or air channels embedded in the channel. Water pipes are most popular, as they are very versatile and can be heated with virtually any utility, including natural gas, oil, propane, wood, solar or electricity. Air is warmed gently so hot air doesn't rise and stay at the ceiling. Unlike convective heating systems (forced hot air and baseboard), which may have significant temperature variations between the floor and ceiling, radiant heat varies only 2-4 degrees F.
Radiant heat not only increases comfort but also helps lower utility bills. Thermostat settings are kept lower while you stay cozy, multiple zones can be set up to regulate unused rooms, and the use of thermal mass for off-peak storage can all reduce energy bills.
An added benefit is improved air quality. Allergy sufferers notice a big difference with radiant heat, no big blasts of hot air stir up dust and dirt in the home. The result is a cleaner and healthier air.
Clean, healthy, comfortable, energy-efficient, safe and cost competitive, radiant heat is the way to go when you are building a new panelized home. There are a variety of different radiant heat brands, just do your research and make sure you find a good installer! If you would like to know the radiant heat companies our clients have used, give us a call today at 1-800-636-0993. Build your new home beautifully and energy efficient.
This Mascoma Lake home has radiant heat throughout the home