No wasted heat with heated floors
Have you ever considered getting a system known for its energy efficiency? In my research I have found that heated flooring or a ductless heat pump are some of the most energy efficient options. For this post, I will only focus on heated flooring. If you want to hear more about a heat pump though, check out my future blog posts about heat pumps.
Radiant flooring is one of the more efficient heaters since the heat doesn’t rise. Have you ever changed a light bulb in the winter? The ceiling is scorching hot while down at the floor it is freezing. You have to up the home thermostat and expect more out of the furnace since all the hot air is too high to enjoy. Heated flooring gets rid of that situation. The heating system is built under or within the flooring, depending on the system you want. The radiant heat not only doesn’t rise, but actually absorbs into stationary objects. Your couch, chairs and beds will feel heated because they are resting on that system.
Another benefit of heated flooring is that there are no hot and cold spots like with a fireplace or furnace. The heated flooring is stretched completely throughout the floor. Every corner and surface is getting equal heat. It no longer feels like a solar covered pool in your house.
Heat pumps-the ultimate energy saver
Have you been considering a heat pump system? Heat pumps are known for being the most energy efficient HVAC system out there. How is it that this system saves so much money?
First, a heat pump is a two for one deal. You don’t have to buy a separate heater or air conditioner, you get everything in a single system. That means you have one system to get repairs, service and maintenance on. Anytime the HVAC contractor looks at your system, both functions are being cared for. You can save quite a bit always maintaining a single unit.
Second, a heat pump doesn’t make heat energy, it simply takes what is already around it. The air source heat pump uses existing heat to either pump indoors or push outdoors, depending on if you want heating or cooling. A geothermal heat pump uses the ground temperature in order to achieve this goal. It uses 50% less electric than a furnace or a baseboard heater does.
Third, a ductless heat pump doesn’t have ductwork wasting energy. If ductwork has even a microscopic hole or a tiny tear along the seam, you are losing energy each month. Most holes are hard to even see or notice. The bills are just getting slowly upped overtime and you have no idea what to do. A ductless heat pump is just mounted indoor and outdoor units. No air is being lost in transit.