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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 9, 2019

      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

      The result: no more mental stress.

      2. Unplug

      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

      3. Easy on the Caffeine

      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

      The result: mental stress will be gone!

      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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