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The Two Types of Radiant Heating

Monday, December 28th, 2015

You may have heard the term “radiant heating” thrown around at one point or another, as radiant heating has become a very popular option for a lot of homeowners. What you may not know is that you have a couple of choices when it comes to radiant heating. However, no matter which choice you opt for, it is imperative to hire a company with experience to handle the installation. The heating pros from Design Air, Inc., have years of experience with both kinds of radiant heating systems, so call us when it’s time for installation at your home in New City, NY.

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How Is Radiant Heating Different from Other Types of Heating?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

For many decades, the most common type of heating system in homes was the furnace. Furnaces use forced air to distribute warmth throughout a building. The main alternative to a furnace is a boiler, which uses hot water sent to terminal points within a building—such as cast iron radiators or baseboard heaters—to raise the temperature of an object in the room in order to provide it with warmth. This kind of heating is known as radiant heating.

Today, radiant heating covers a variety of systems. Standard boiler set-ups that connect the hot water pipes to baseboard heaters are still common, but another option available is radiant hydronic floor heating, where water heated in the boiler runs through pipes installed inside the floor, raising the temperature of the floorboards and warming the room from below.

If you are curious about installation of radiant heating in Nyack, NY or the surrounding areas, call Design Air Inc and speak to our heating professionals. We will help you find the ideal of heating for your household.

What Makes Radiant Heating Different

Heat moves, or transfers, in three ways: convection, conduction, and radiation. Convection heating is how furnaces and heat pumps distribute their warmth. The definition of convection is “the transfer of heat between an object and its environment due to fluid motion.” Air, which is a type of fluid, carries the heat from a furnace or heat pump and spreads it through a room.

Radiation, on the other hand, is the transfer of heat from the movement of charged particles. The temperature of an object increases, and it gives off waves of charged particles that travel until they strike another surface, such as a person, and raise its temperature in turn. The space in between the two objects does not receive heat.

Radiant heating for a home does not require any fans or blowers to send out warmth, only hot water raising the temperature of floorboards, radiators, or baseboard heaters. (Baseboard heaters create a natural convection current from the rise and fall of heat, however.) One of the advantages of using this form of heating is that it does not require any air ducts. This eliminates the heat loss that occurs along ductwork, and also allows for cleaner air free from the dust and dirt particles that often collect inside ducts.

Radiant heating also spreads more evenly than convection heating does. The air blown out from a vent connected to a furnace or heat pump will rise to the top of a room and gather there, taking longer to spread through the room. Radiant heating moves in all directions and reaches the spaces of rooms much faster.

Because there are a variety of ways that you can have radiant heating in Nyack, NY for your house, you should consult with professionals first before making any decision. Design Air Inc has experience with many types of radiant heating systems, so make us your first choice when you want the best quality warmth for your house.

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What Are “Wet” Radiant Floor Installations?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

There are several options you have when it comes to installing radiant floor heating in Nyack, both in type of radiant heating you use and how it’s installed. Understanding your options helps ensure that you choose a type and method of installation that will work best for you and your home. The trained experts at Design Air, Inc., have installed numerous radiant flooring systems, and can help you with yours. If you are ready to install a new radiant heating system, call us today!

Types of Radiant Flooring

There are two types of radiant flooring:

  • Electric
  • Hydronic

Electric radiant flooring heats your floor by electrifying cables. These cables can be installed in 3 ways:

  • Installed directly to subfloor – the cables are installed directly to the subfloor, usually in a specific pattern.
  • Installed as a mat – the electric cables are woven into a mat of electrically-conductive plastic; the matting is then installed to subflooring or mounted directly underneath your surface floor.
  • Wet installation – with a wet installation, the cables are laid into wet cement; when the cement hardens, the dried cement slab acts as a radiant slab when the cables are electrified.

Hydronic radiant flooring uses hot water or steam to heat your home. Utilizing flexible PEX tubing, hydronic radiant flooring can be installed in two ways: either mounted underneath your flooring or by wet installation. Like electric cables, the PEX tubing is laid in wet cement, creating a cement slab when the cement dries.

Benefits of a Wet Installation

There are a couple of benefits of wet installation worth considering:

  • Protection of the tubing or cable – because the tubing or electric cables are embedded in concrete, each is afforded a level of protection from potential damage.
  • Acts as a heating slab – the concrete slab acts as a radiant slab when used with radiant heating, adding additional heating power to your home.

Radiant heating is a step-by-step process that requires expertise to ensure that your home heats correctly. The professionals at Design Air, Inc., have the knowledge and experience to install any radiant heating system, so give us a call today!

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What Does Hydronic Radiant Heating Involve?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Hydronic radiant heating is a great way not only to heat your home, but to do so efficiently. It is not a new technology, but recent improvements to the system have resulted in an increase in popularity across the country. Read on to discover the processes involved with radiant heating, as well as some of the system’s advantages.


The first step to installing a radiant heating system is choosing a good boiler. Once the boiler is in place, small watertight pipes are installed between the floor and subfloor of each room you want heated. These pipes all lead back to the boiler. It is important to note that installing hydronic radiant heating often involves temporarily tearing up the floor. The exception is if you have access to the subfloor from below, like a basement or large crawl space. If you are having a house built, this obviously won’t be a problem.


Once everything is installed properly, you’re ready to begin using your radiant heating system. When the system is turned on, the boiler heats water to be circulated. The hot water is then pumped through the pipes in the floor of each room. Heat radiates from these pipes, up through the floor and into the room.


There are a number of distinct advantages to hydronic radiant heating. Water is a much better medium for transporting heat than air is. As a result, radiant heating can deliver more heat to each room than a forced air system can. The special watertight pipes used are also far more resistant to leaks than ductwork is, making them a more efficient delivery system. Finally, radiant heating more evenly heats a room than forced air does.

Forced air systems blow warm air into a room, which rises to the ceiling instead of sinking to the level that people can benefit from it. This means that the room requires more heat before people actually feel the effects. Radiant heating distributes thermal energy directly through the floor. The heat doesn’t immediately rise out of reach, and has the added benefit of transferring heat to things like furniture. This makes the room more comfortable for a longer period of time.

If you are thinking about installing a hydronic radiant heating system, call Design Air Inc to schedule service. We provide professional radiant heating installation throughout the Suffern area.

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Benefits of Radiant Heating in Rockland County, NY

Monday, March 4th, 2013

There are a lot of options available to homeowners these days when it comes to heating their homes. With all of the choices available it can be difficult to decide which home heating system is best for you and your personal heating habits. At Design Air, Inc., we believe that the best way for you to get the perfect heating system for installation in your Rockland County, NY home is simply for you to do a little research and understand your options as much as possible. If you are constructing a new home or remodeling your home, you may want to consider the installation of a radiant heating system.

Radiant heating systems offer many benefits to homeowners. A radiant heating system is more effective than baseboard heating. If you already have a boiler, then a radiant heating system installation may be a good investment. Radiant heating is so effective because it heats your walls or floors directly, as opposed to warming the air surrounding a radiator or baseboard. This allows for even, comfortable heating throughout your home.

Radiant heating is also an extremely efficient way in which to heat your home. Furnaces still tend to be the most popular and common home heating option. However, if you use a forced air distribution system with your furnace to distribute heat throughout your home, you may be losing a lot of energy in the ductwork system. Damaged or poorly insulated ducts are notorious for energy losses.

There are also a number of installation options available for radiant heating systems. There are a few different types of floor installations, though hydronic systems are by far the most popular and most efficient. Heated water is pumped through tubing beneath your floor, warming it directly. If you are redoing your floors anyway, it is the perfect time for a hydronic floor heating system installation.

If you would like more information about the benefits of a radiant heating system in your home, contact Design Air, Inc. today. We are happy to discuss with you the ways in which a radiant heating system can benefit your Rockland County, NY home. If you decide that this is the way in which you would like to heat your home, we can take care of every step of the process.

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