Radiant Heating Systems and Control

Radiant Heating Systems and Control

Radiant heating systems depend on radiant heat transfer. They supply heat directly to the floor or panels in the wall or ceiling.

Advantages of radiant heat systems include the following:
  1. More efficient than forced air heating as it eliminates duct loss. Also, efficient than baseboard heating.
  2. Liquid based heating use little electricity. 
  3. Hydronic heating can use variety of heating sources like gas or oil-fired boilers wood fired boilers and solar water heaters.

Types of radiant heating systems

1. Radiant floor heating

This can include radiant air floors, electric radiant floors, and hot water or hydronic radiant floors. Temperature control for these heaters can be achieved through thermostats.

See below sample examples of floor heating control thermostats:


Consider this floor sensor accessory.

2. Radiant wall or celling panels

For wall and ceiling mount radiant panels, they can be electric heated radiant panels or hot water heated radiant panels (usually aluminum). Radiant panels have the quickest response time and helps in cost and energy savings.

NB: As with any heating system, set the thermostat to a minimum temperature that will prevent pipes from freezing.

Contact our HVAC Control Engineering team for assistance with custom HVAC control solutions or learn more here.

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