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Forced Air vs. Radiant Heating

Our nighttime temperatures are still pretty chilly, but days are going to be hitting the 60’s pretty regularly in the weeks ahead. The heating season is definitely not over yet, but we’ll be back to warmer, more comfortable weather before long. Now is a good time to start thinking about replacing your heater if you are not convinced that your existing system has another season of service left in it.

The two main types of heating that homeowners today are looking at are forced air and radiant heating systems. Both have their pros and their cons. Keep the following information in mind, and always schedule your heating services in Kingsburg, CA with our team.

What’s the Difference?

Forced air and radiant heating systems obviously share the same job: heating homes. However, they work very differently. The differences in operation will inform which type of heating system is right for you and your home.

  • Forced air heating systems, including furnaces and heat pumps, heat air and then distribute that heated air throughout the house via a system of air ducts. This allows for the very prompt heating of one’s home, and furnaces in particular are quite affordable in terms of upfront costs. Plus, forced air heating systems can share ductwork with central cooling systems.
  • Radiant heating systems, on the other hand, do not heat air and deliver it throughout the house. Instead, they apply heat directly to surfaces in the home. Typically this is to the floor, though walls may also be heated by hot water in pipes or electric panels/cables. Radiant heating systems are very efficient, pose no threat of air loss, and don’t allow hot air to get trapped at the top of a room.

Choosing a new heater is a big decision, but it is one that you can make with confidence when you work with Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning. We strive to provide honest answers and solutions to the problems our customers experience while remaining highly competitive in price, and offer the fastest turnaround you can find!


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