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Let’s Talk About Heating For Your Home

June 12, 2015

Four Zone High Efficiency Heating SystemIt’s finally summer weather here in New England. You’ve probably forgotten the long, cold winter we had in 2014/2015. Let’s think ahead though, now is a great time to upgrade your heating system while it’s not in use. Plus, you can take advantage of some great rebates being offered for a few more months!

We pride ourselves at staying at the forefront of the latest heating technologies keeping you safe & efficient. Our highly skilled technicians are available for immediate response, too. Some of the options we offer include Radiant Heating, Forced Hot Air, Hydro Air and Steam. Let us design the perfect fit for your vision and budget.

Call us today to find out more about your heating options. Energy Efficiency is key – we will help you stay warm and save your money too!

Jim Lavallee Plumbing
Serving Eastern Massachusetts and the Boston area
Phone: Toll-free (888) 884-4122

Radiant Heat verses Forced Air

December 30, 2014

Why is radiant heat better than forced air heat?

It is more comfortable, more energy efficient, provides a healthier environment and is more aesthetically pleasing. Why?

Radiant Means Comfort

Comfort is hard to define and is best understood as the absence of discomfort. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about radiant heat is what you won’t notice. There are no forced air registers to see. No noise or dust from mechanical blowers. No hot air blowing on you. No hot air collecting at the ceiling, wasting energy. No cold floors to chill your feet. The mild warmth of a radiant floor is a subtle experience and always feels just right.

Radiant Heat Saves Energy

A typical radiant heated home in the United States can expect a 25%* energy savings over a conventional forced air home. This 25% savings can be attributed to a number of factors including parasitic losses, lower ceiling temperatures, the ability to zone the home, and others detailed here.
* 1998 study by Kansas State University and the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers [ASHRAE]

Radiant Heat is Healthy Heat

Forced air systems not only blow hot air, they also push allergens, dust and other airborne particles to every room in your home. Improved indoor air quality can reduce allergies, medical bills, incidences of asthma and more. European studies indicate that dust mite populations are reduced as much as 90% in radiant heated homes. And a quiet, peaceful environment, devoid of noisy fans and blowers, is a healthier and more relaxing environment too.

Radiant Heat Allows Design Freedom

Architects have complete liberty with design because there are no floor registers, no baseboard radiators, and no wall or ceiling chases. Furniture can be placed anywhere without regard to registers or vents. And rooms with high, open ceilings and/or floor-to-ceiling windows can be heated simply and efficiently. Mechanical systems for radiant floor heating can also be effortlessly designed because of the ability to easily interface with solar, geothermal and cogeneration fuel cells.

Forced air will heat your home, but radiant heating does it better because of the many reasons discussed above.

Jim Lavallee Plumbing
Serving Eastern Massachusetts and the Boston area
Phone: Toll-free (888) 884-4122


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