Radiant Heating


Radiant heating is a popular system throughout New England. In the chilly winter months, Kingston Plumbing & Heating, Inc. installs many radiant heating panels in floors, walls, and other spaces to keep homes more comfortable without expending unnecessary energy. Radiant heating is more efficient than baseboard heating and forced-air heating, as there’s no ductwork necessary. Instead, radiant heating uses natural heat circulation to warm a room. If you’re interested in installing radiant heating in your home, here’s what you need to know.

Facts About Radiant Heating (From the Professionals)

Radiant heating is one of the many heating services we offer MA residents. View our full list of heating services. Kingston Plumbing & Heating, Inc. has years of experience installing, repairing, and maintaining radiant heating systems in residential and commercial buildings. With our hands-on knowledge and years of professional training, we’re an excellent source of accurate information about radiant systems. Customers considering radiant heating panels for indoor and outdoor applications can come to us for expert advice.

The principle behind radiant heat is the transference of energy from an emitting heat source to another object. Feeling heat from a stovetop a foot away is an example of radiant heat. Radiant heating systems don’t use radiators or conventional sources of heat energy to operate. Instead, they use energy from a heat element (in this case, a panel) to warm objects in a room. Radiant heating systems circulate less air through a room than conventional systems, therefore decreasing issues such as airborne allergens and contaminants.

Radiant heating is often more practical than forced air heating – especially in outdoor applications. A restaurant with outdoor seating, for example, would want radiant heating instead of convection, since outdoor air is always moving. Convection and forced air systems heat the air, wasting energy and not reaching the customers. Radiant heating, on the other hand, warms specific areas and people in its path. Kingston Plumbing & Heating, Inc. can install commercial radiant heating systems indoors and outdoors.

Types of Radiant Heating Systems Available

There are several types of radiant heating systems on the market. Radiant heating for floors are very different from wall applications, for example. Knowing which is correct for your purposes takes consulting with a professional heating company. Kingston Plumbing & Heating, Inc. has Better Business Bureau accreditation and references upon request. We’ve also earned the titles of Master Plumber & Gas Fitter and Master Pipe Fitter.

We prioritize customer service over profits, as you can see from our testimonials. We’re the best company to work with you on the ideal radiant heating solution. Here’s an overview of what’s available:

  • Radiant floor heat. There are three kinds of radiant floor heat, using air, electric, or water. Radiant air floors cannot hold large amounts of heat and are typically not the method of choice for homeowners. Electric radiant floors use electric cables built into the floor and are only cost-effective if your utility company offers time-of-use rates. Hydronic radiant floors use heated water from a boiler.
  • Radiant wall panels. Radiant panels are usually made with aluminum and heated using hot water or electricity. Radiant wall panels are ideal for supplemental heat in areas of your home that are cold and drafty. If you have rooms you don’t use frequently, like a guest room, radiant wall panels can save money by only turning on when the room is in use.

Radiant heating systems have many benefits over conventional choices. You enjoy increased energy and cost savings with radiant heating, but you’ll also enjoy superior home comfort. Instead of the air you breathe blowing through dirty ductwork, it radiates straight from your floors or walls. It takes less time to warm a room with radiant panels – just a few minutes. Hydronic radiant floors are the most popular choice, as they use less energy and work more effectively than other radiant floor heating systems.

Radiant Heating: After Installation

Once you have a radiant heating system installed, you’ll enjoy years of warm, cozy spaces. Radiant heating is one of the oldest solutions to climate control and is highly reliable and effective. If you love your radiant floor or wall heating system, however, you need to take care of it with routine maintenance after installation. Like all heating systems, your radiant heating solution needs regular cleaning and tune-ups to operate at peak performance. Partner with Kingston Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for these maintenance services.

When you schedule annual radiant heating maintenance with Kingston Plumbing & Heating, Inc., we’ll send a team of our best professionals to your home or business at your requested date and time. Our team of technicians will inspect your radiant heating system and complete a pressure check. As a closed system, your panels should maintain consistent pressure. When pressure is low, it can mean a leak in the pipes. Leaking systems don’t work as efficiently, wasting energy. If you have a hydronic system, a leak can lead to serious water damage.

The radiant heating option that’s right for your neighbor may not be optimal for you. Contact Kingston Plumbing & Heating, Inc. to consult with a knowledgeable professional about radiant heating before hiring a subcontractor or purchasing your system. Working with a reputable local plumbing and heating company instead of a third party ensures the proper integration of radiant heating into your existing plumbing, water, and heat systems. For more information about radiant heating, call us at (978) 304-1933.

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