Add a Little Radiant Heat to Your Waco Area Home
The cold air will soon be sticking around in Texas for a little while. It’s true the weather changes from one day to the next with little warning, which is why we switch from hot to cold air in our homes regularly.
One type of heat for our homes is what is called radiant heat. Many portable units provide radiant heat and can be used as an additional, temporary solution to provide comfort in our homes.
Radiant heat energy was once the only type of heating available. It is the type of energy transfer that results from such things as sunlight and fire.
Instead of just heating the air, the heat is transferred to the surface of nearby objects, warming them so they are saturated with the energy.
Forced air heating systems such as heat pumps and furnaces don’t provide radiant heat, but only heat up the air to the temperature set on the thermostat.
Boilers provide radiant heat by heating water into steam within a closed environment. The fluid does not necessarily boil.
There are many portable radiant heat units available as well. Some burn fuel such as oil, propane, or kerosene, but it’s important to use those only in well-ventilated areas. Electric portable heaters may contain closed oil systems where the oil is heated and the heat radiates throughout the area.
If you only have a forced air system in your home, you are likely missing out on some really great radiant heat.
It’s hard to explain how good radiant heat feels when compared to heated air. Radiant heat provides soothing heat that feels as if it is warm down to the bone. Heated air warms the air, but the surfaces in the room remain colder. With radiant heat, the surfaces are warm too and feel cozy and comfortable.
That’s why a lot of people choose to add some radiant heat to their homes. There are many options available, not just with portable units.
If you find your current heating system is not keeping you warm, it is a great idea to have a professional heating and air technician evaluate your system. Your problem could be that it is too small a unit to properly heat the square footage of your home. Or it may be that your unit needs a tune up.
At Polansky Heating & Air, we provide many HVAC services to the West, TX and Waco areas. We understand that living in Texas means that one day the weather can be cold and the next day it can be hot again, so we know that this will put stress on everyone’s heating and air systems.
It’s important to ensure that your system is running at peak performance because when one element is not functioning, it further damage the other parts. That’s why we offer our customers an evaluation and heat loss calculation to determine the needs of the space you are trying to heat or cool.
Remember too that adding some portable radiant heat to your life can give you and your family some much needed comfort on the few weeks at time we experience cold weather here in Texas.
Call us anytime if you have questions about your heating options, inspections, or repairs. And from all of here at Polansky Heating & Air, have a wonderful holiday season!