If there’s one thing that’s for sure, it’s that we all want to be as comfortable as possible when we’re at home. Beyond having lots of nice amenities and all the entertainment we could ever want, one of the ways that we stay comfortable is by using our HVAC system to control the climate in our home.
Most people assume they only have one option when it comes to their heating and cooling needs, the traditional forced-air system. Basically, this is the system most folks are familiar with where the air is blown throughout the home that is either cooled by an AC unit or heated by a heating element of some kind.
The truth is, there’s more to HVAC technology than just that, and a different type may provide more comfort for your particular situation. You should start by contacting your local HVAC service and seeing what they offer.
Hydronic Radiant Heating
For those that have never heard this term before, hydronic radiant heating is a type of heating where heat is radiated throughout a space using water that is heated and passed through tubes that circulate throughout the space and return to the unit. Radiate heat is often considered a better solution than traditional forced air because it provides better all-over warmth.
There are several types of radiant heating systems, but the term hydronic radiant heating comes from the fact that it uses water to radiate the heat and not steam or some other source. Hydronic radiant heating systems are generally installed under floors to provide in-floor heat throughout a space. This is a great way to keep a space warm without trying to warm every square inch of a room. This makes this system much more energy-efficient as a result.
Geothermal Heat Pump Systems
Some homes may already use a heat pump, but a geothermal heat pump is a type of technology that can either heat or cool a home by exchanging heat with the ground. The system essentially pulls in heat from the ground to heat a home and pushes out cold air, or pulls in cold air to cool and pushes out hot.
These systems rely solely on the ground and have no other intermediaries. This means that they operate separately from substances like freon. For those that want a more energy-efficient and eco-friendly solution, a geothermal heat pump system is an excellent choice.
While there is still an element of forced air, the method of heating and cooling doesn’t rely on artificial means like a typical forced-air system.
Any of these options could be the right choice for you. Always discuss your needs with your local service provider and figure out which one is better for you.