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The Best Rooms in Your Home for Radiant Heating

The Best Rooms in Your Home for Radiant Heating

As winter is fast approaching, it is crucial to look into the heating options of your home. During these months, your electricity or gas bill will rise significantly as you try to keep the cold at bay. Before resigning yourself to these high bills, consider investing in a different type of heating to protect your home from the cold. Radiant heating is an interesting option for homeowners, with many of the same benefits as regular heating, but at many times lower the cost.

If you are looking to invest in radiant heating for your home, there are a few things to know beforehand. Read on to learn which rooms work best, how the running costs compare, and how it all works. This will help you to make the best decision for your home.

What is it?

 

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    In a traditional heating system that is run by ducts, the air comes out in specific places all around the house, traveling from the furnace, through the channels, to these areas of the home. While this is one of the most common ways, it is in no way the most efficient. Radiant technology comes from processes that we have become familiar with and that have been shown to work. Similar to the rays of the sun, radiant heating heats a surface area equally. Rather than blowing warm air into the space, it radiates from one larger source.

    There are three types of radiant heating systems used indoors:

    • Under the floor
    • Ceiling panels
    • Wall heating panels.

    Out of these three, the under the floor radiant heating is the most popular. It is able to heat the room faster and more efficiently than other types of heating commonly used in homes. Besides just heating the home, it will take away the unpleasant feeling of walking on hardwood or tile floor in the middle of winter when normally these are freezing cold on your bare feet.

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    The advantages

    In radiant heating, there isn’t just one outlet for the heat to enter your home. Instead, the underneath of the floor is lined with tubing that uses infrared radiation. This is instead of using the more common forced-air method. The heat is more efficient because it isn’t lost while traveling to the outlet.

    Similar to other types of heating, radiant heating can run off a number of different power sources, including solar, gas, and electric. While running off the same energy sources as other types of heating, it will use significantly less power than these other varieties.

    If you have allergies, radiant heating will help make them more bearable. Rather than other systems that blow around dust, dandruff, and other causes of these problems, radiant heating will keep your home warm without causing this. For many people, this can be a huge relief. Although allergies aren’t as troublesome for most in the winter, it can make a difference.

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    The best rooms

     

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      The best rooms to have radiant heating are those with pergo, wood floors, or tile flooring. If you are tearing up the floor in your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, and are considering putting in one of these types of flooring, look into radiant heating. You will find this will create a much more pleasant feeling during the cold winter months.

      This type of heating works much more efficiently in homes that have lower ceilings, or in confined spaces. If you have rooms with high ceilings, or that are extremely open, it may be more efficient to use other types of heating. Assess the rooms in your home to find which will work best.

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      Radiant heating can be the most efficient solution for many homes. Consider the rooms in your home that would work best with this system. You may find this is a great way to save money, and heat your home faster than ever before. Consider investing in this before the coldest months hit this year.

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      Last Updated on December 2, 2018

      How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

      How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

      Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

      The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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      The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

      Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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      Review Your Past Flow

      Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

      Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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      Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

      Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

      Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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      Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

      Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

      We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

      Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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