On a cold and clear day, you will notice an immediate temperature difference between being in the sunlight and being in the shade. The sun's rays are warm and inviting, even though the air temperature may be virtually the same in the sun and shade. This phenomenon is called radiant heating, and you can take advantage of this in your own home by installing radiant heating panels. Below is more information about radiant panel heating as well as its advantages and a few limitations to keep in mind:
Radiant panel heating - an introduction
Central heating systems, whether oil-fired, electric, or natural gas, warm up the surrounding air, which is then directed into your living spaces by a blower or fan. This type of heating is known as convection heating and is different than radiant heating, which occurs whenever the infrared rays being emitted by the heat source warm you directly. Radiant panels direct these invisible, warming rays at occupants and provide heat where it is needed. In addition, radiant panels also heat up physical objects in the vicinity, and these objects then become radiant heaters in their own right.
Advantages of using radiant heating panels
Radiant heating panels provide a number of significant benefits for home users. Below are several of these advantages:
Appearance and size - A significant advantage found by using radiant heating panels is their unobtrusive appearance and ability to blend into the surrounding decor. In fact, some panels are designed to look decorative and can be used as attractive, stylistic elements.
In addition, radiant heating panels can be housed in thin cases and will not protrude into the living space physically. This allows homeowners to preserve valuable square footage for other purposes instead of for climate control equipment.
Noise - Radiant heating panels are also nearly silent. They do not use blowers or fans, and there are no sounds of burners firing, exhaust venting or other rumblings and creakings like those produced by convection systems. This allows them to be used in almost any environment where quiet is desirable, including bedrooms and nurseries.
Simplicity - Another advantage offered by radiant heating panels is their simplicity of design and operation. They typically contain few, if any, moving parts, which also leaves fewer things to fail, providing home occupants with peace of mind about long-term reliability. In addition, radiant heating panels are easy for home occupants to operate with no concerns about fuels, filters or other maintenance concerns.
Safety - Radiant heating panels are a safe option for use in homes. They can be located in areas where direct, accidental contact is unlikely to occur, which prevents people and pets from touching hot components. In addition, radiant heating panels do not use open flames, and there is no danger of carbon monoxide exposure if a failure occurs. Their electrical power source is controlled by a fuse or circuit breaker, which serves to shut down the panel immediately if a fault is detected.
Efficiency - One of the best features of radiant heating panels is their efficiency of operation. Not only do they convert almost all electrical energy to heat, but radiant heating panels also only direct heat where it is needed. They do not waste heat by directing it toward unoccupied areas, and units can be controlled individually when needed.
Limitations of radiant heating panels
Though radiant heating panels possess numerous advantages, there are a few limitations to be aware of when considering their use for your home:
Concentrated heating - Though radiant heating panels are excellent at emitting heat exactly where it is needed, they are not capable of quickly heating broad areas, which may make it difficult to warm a big space for multiple persons. That may make the installation of several panels in one area necessary, if they are to be used exclusively in a home.
Dependent on electrical power - Unlike some alternative heating sources, such as natural gas or wood, radiant heating panels won't work if the electrical power is disconnected. That may make their use problematic for areas where frequent outages occur or that are vulnerable to winter storm damage to power lines.
For more information on your heating options, contact a company like Feldman Brothers Electrical Supply Co.