When winter season begins, we rely on heating systems to save us from extremely cold temperature all throughout the season. There are two heating systems used today: radiant heating and warm air heating or also called blow-air heating.
To know more about the differences of these two systems, let us look at some points:
Source of Energy
Warm air heating system uses electricity, oil or gas whereas radiant heating utilizes solar energy, water, standard gas and electricity.
Warm air heaters can supply 120° to 140° F (49° to 60° C). On the other hand, radiant heaters can only provide a maximum of about 84° to 95° F (29–35 °C).
Process of Heating
· Warm Air Heating: This process works the same way like air conditioner. The furnace supplies heat and distributes warm air from the furnace up to the metal chambers and through the duct system.
These days, warm air heater systems already have filters or air cleaners to ensure that air particles are trapped before warm air goes through the duct system.
· Radiant Heating: One of the examples of radiant heating is the traditional use of fireplace. Radiant heating works such that the heat is transferred through the floors, walls and ceiling panels of the house. Once these areas are heated, the heat will essentially warm the air inside the room.
Unlike warm air heaters, radiant heaters do not directly warm the air. It uses an element such as floors and walls to create heat in the air.