Radiant Heating Systems Morton Grove, IL
Radiant heating can be a practical heating method for many homes, offering several distinct advantages over other types of heating systems. For example, these systems tend to be less noisy and create less draft than forced air heating systems such as furnaces. Depending on whether a water boiler or steam boiler is used, these advantages can vary. However, modern radiant heating technology has seen a vast improvement, compared to earlier boiler designs, resulting in higher-efficiency operation, more even heating and more accurate temperature control. At Gartner Heating & Cooling, our consultants are factory-trained to understand the inner workings of radiant heating systems so they can help customers like you make the best decision about which type of system would be best for your home.
Replacing Your Boiler
If you need boiler replacement before the cold weather moves in, our quality line of Bryant gas- and oil-fired boilers provides equipment options that offer maximum performance and energy efficiency, featuring AFUE ratings of up to 90 percent. AFUE ratings allow consumers to compare the efficiency of various boiler — and furnace — models, helping them select the highest-efficiency boiler that also matches all or most of the other criteria they’ve set for their heating system. An AFUE, or annual fuel utilization efficiency rating, indicates the percentage of burned fuel that is actually converted to heat and used for warming your home, as opposed to the fuel that is lost through the exhaust stack. The minimum acceptable AFUE rating for modern boilers is 80 percent.
Selecting Your Boiler
Whether you prefer a water or steam boiler model — or need help deciding which type to select — our knowledgeable HVAC experts can help ensure that you have all the information you need to make the right choice about the boiler you buy for your home. These boiler specialists will carefully assess your needs and help you make a decision that should help to enhance your life.
Water boilers make excellent radiant heating systems.
- They distribute heat evenly throughout your home
- They’re fuel-efficient
- They operate quietly
- They’re easy to maintain
Despite their advantages, water boilers do consume a lot of electricity, which can offset their fuel efficiency somewhat. They are also slower to distribute heat than steam boilers and have a lower capacity for storing heat.
Steam boilers are also an excellent form of radiant heating.
- They consume very little electricity
- They deliver heat quickly
- They have a large heat-storage capacity
Along with their positives, steam systems consume more heating fuel than hot water boilers, they heat the home less evenly, and their pipes can emit loud banging sounds at times. Steam boilers also require large radiators to distribute their heat.
To learn more about radiant heating, call Gartner Heating & Cooling today. Our heating specialists can help you select, install and maintain the system that will bring greater comfort to your Chicagoland home.