Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Radiant Heating’

Why Radiant Heating Is a Great Choice for New Homes

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Radiant heat: it’s the warmth you feel coming off of a hot surface, like pavement baking in the sun or a glowing lightbulb. Even though it’s the most natural form of heat—it’s the type of heat the sun gives off—many homes don’t make use of it for seasonal heating. The most common kind of heating systems found in houses use forced-air to provide comfort, i.e. distributing heat through air blown out of vents connected to ducts.

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Leaks in Radiant Heating Systems

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Radiant heating systems are a terrific option for home comfort that has spread from Europe into the United States and gained great popularity. Most radiant heating systems use hydronic (water) power to send heat through pipes under your floorboards and provide you with toasty warmth right under your feet. There are some electronic radiant floor systems that you can have installed as well.

But using hydronic power always comes with the risk of leaks developing. Modern radiant floor heating is built to resist leaks because they are fixed systems that do not permit oxygen to enter and degrade the piping. But leaks can still occur. When you need professional repairs, or installation, for your heating in Arlington, VA, contact our specialists at OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc. Even if we didn’t install your radiant heating, we can repair it.

The most common cause for leaking to occur in radiant floor heating is from construction stress. When these leaks develop, they will usually start underneath floorboards or floor stones and will cause damage to building material. This is similar to what plumbers refer to as “slab leaks”: pipe breaks that occur under concrete, leading to extensive damage unless fixed.

When you suspect that you have a leak in your radiant heating system, you need professionals to perform leak detection to discover exactly where the water is coming from and how best to access the pipes and repair them. The precision technology used to locate leaks means that technicians can pinpoint the location so exactly that they usually need to do only a minimum amount of removal of floor material to access the leak.

Sometimes, radiant floor heater leaks do not require excavation in order to repair. An injection of a type of sealer additive into the water system can take care of minor leaks, and this will also prolong the life of the system.

If you have leaks in your radiant heating system, you will need repairs… fast! That’s why we offer 24-hour emergency service at OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc. We know these problems almost never occur when it’s convenient, and we are ready to help when you need it. We can be there for all your troubles with heating in Arlington, VA.

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Is Radiant Heating Right for My Alexandria, VA Home?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

There are many different types of heating systems in Alexandria, VA homes, many more options are available today beyond boilers and gas furnaces. A option you might want to consider is radiant heating systems, which warm your home directly through the floorboards. Radiant heating offers a number of advantages, including lower monthly bills and less wasteful heating: no small concerns for a homeowner with his or her eye on the bottom line. Even so, radiant heating isn’t always the best fit for everyone. Houses are unique, and each one needs a system that fits its particular needs.

For starters, radiant heating entails a fairly hefty installation cost. Because it adds tubes or electrical coils beneath your floors, there is a considerable disruption of your household entailed as well, and while you may reap the benefits in lower monthly bills and an improved resale value for your home, such an undertaking may not be right for you or your family at this particular moment. This is especially true if you have an existing duct system or similar apparatus that doesn’t exhibit any real problems.

On the other hand. hydronic radiant heating systems are known for providing consistent, reliable heat. As opposed to a furnace or heat pump, which goes through on and off cycles to keep your home warm, the radiant floor can remain a steady temperature all day. As a result, many people find it more comfortable than central heating. It is also a great choice for people with allergies, as it doesn’t circulate airborne pollutants through air ducts as central heating systems do.

Radiant heating works well for many types of homes and can be a perfect fit for you.  The Alexandria, VA heating experts at OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc. can provide sound advice on the type of heating system that works for you, and perform installation and repairs with efficiency and care. Pick up the phone and call us today. You’ll be glad that you did!

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