Mast Heating & Cooling believes everyone deserves a little luxury in their lives. What are the luxuries you enjoy the most? A special bottle of wine? One of those fancy adjustable mattresses? A swimming pool? Mast Heating & Cooling thinks there’s something else you can move to the top of the list. Radiant floor heating and radiant snow and ice melt systems.
What exactly is radiant heat? It’s the same principle as the warmth you feel on your face from the sunshine streaming through the window. The sunshine isn’t warming the air. It’s warming the objects in the room, including your face. The most common form of radiant heat in homes is hydronic radiant heat, meaning a system of pipes installed under the floor carries warm water. The water is most often heated by a high efficiency boiler. The heat radiates from the floor, warming other objects and transferring the heat to the air. Radiant heat comes with many advantages:
For many people those advantages are secondary. What they like is the feeling of luxury. The floor under your bare feet is always warm, no matter how cold the Michigan winter is outside. Additionally, radiant heat is generally more efficient than forced air heating because there is no heat loss from the ductwork.
A radiant snow melt system uses the same principle. The buried pipes or electrical elements give you a heated driveway, parking lot, and sidewalks. Imagine the feeling of being able to hang up that snow shovel permanently or never having to worry about whether the snow blower will start. In addition, snow melt systems make your property much safer, and reduce the likelihood of facing slip and fall liability lawsuits.
If you’re among the lucky ones who already have radiant heat, do not believe the myth that they don’t require maintenance. While there are not fans and blowers and changing filters, the boilers require regular maintenance for safe operation and water treatments are necessary to prevent corrosion. It’s easy to let the maintenance slide because radiant systems run so quietly you tend to forget about them. Ensure your total comfort for the winter with this important service.
Call Mast Heating & Cooling now to learn more about the ultimate luxury of radiant heating. Just one more way Mast Heating & Cooling has been keeping you comfortable since 1956.