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What Radiant Heat System Fits My Space?

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Radiant heating systems are an efficient and comfortable way to heat your home or commercial space. Choosing the right system involves understanding the specific needs of your space, your heating goals, and the variety of systems available.

 

This guide will help you determine which radiant heat system from is the best fit for your space.

 

Understanding Radiant Heating Systems

Radiant heating systems work by distributing heat through the floors, walls, or ceilings of your space. The heat then radiates evenly throughout the room, providing consistent and comfortable warmth. There are two primary types of radiant heating systems: hydronic (water-based) and electric.

 

Hydronic Radiant Heating

Hydronic radiant heating systems use hot water circulated through a network of tubes installed beneath the floor. This type of system is highly efficient and ideal for heating large areas or entire buildings.

 

Advantages of Hydronic Radiant Heating:

  • Efficiency: Uses water’s superior heat transfer properties.

  • Cost-Effective: Lower operating costs compared to electric systems, especially for large spaces.

  • Even Heating: Provides uniform heat distribution.

Best For:

  • Large residential homes

  • Commercial buildings

  • Spaces with high heating demands

 

Electric Radiant Heating

Electric radiant heating systems use electric heating cables or mats installed beneath the flooring material. These systems are easier to install and are ideal for smaller spaces or specific rooms.

 

Advantages of Electric Radiant Heating:

  • Ease of Installation: Simpler and quicker to install compared to hydronic systems.

  • Zoning Capability: Perfect for individual room control.

  • Less Maintenance: Requires less maintenance since there are no moving parts or water involved.

Best For:

  • Bathrooms

  • Kitchens

  • Small to medium-sized rooms

  • Retrofitting in existing spaces

 

Radiant Heating Systems from RadiantMadeSimple.com

Radiant Made Simple offers two primary radiant heating solutions: the RMS system and the HRC system. Each system is designed to meet different space requirements and heating needs.

 

RMS Radiant Heating System

The RMS (RadiantMadeSimple) system is an electric radiant heating solution designed for DIY, ease of installation and effective heating in small to medium-sized spaces.

Features:

  • Ease of Installation: The RMS system is designed for quick and straightforward installation, making it ideal for retrofitting existing spaces or new builds.

  • Energy Efficiency: Provides efficient heating with low operating costs, perfect for individual room control.

  • Versatility: Suitable for various flooring types, including tile, wood, and carpet.

Best For:

  • Bathrooms

  • Kitchens

  • Small to medium-sized rooms

  • Retrofitting projects

 

HRC Radiant Heating System

The HRC (Hydronic Radiant Comfort) system is a hydronic radiant heating solution, ideal for larger spaces and whole-building applications.

Features:

  • High Efficiency: Utilizes hot water circulated through a network of tubes, providing uniform and consistent heat.

  • Cost-Effective: Lower long-term operating costs, especially in large areas.

  • Flexibility: Compatible with multiple energy sources, including natural gas, propane, and solar.

Best For:

  • Large residential homes

  • Commercial buildings

  • Spaces with high heating demands

  • New constructions

 

What Size Boiler and Radiant Heat System Do I Need for My Space?

RadiantMadeSimple.com offers several options to accommodate radiant heat systems for various space sizes. Here are some of the key models available:

 

RMS-3-AA Model

  • Boiler Capacity: 10,236 BTU per hour

  • Heating Space: 300 to 600 square feet

RMS-11-AA Model

  • Boiler Capacity: 37,532 BTU per hour

  • Heating Space: 1,200 to 1,500 square feet

  • Loops: 4 to 5 loops

 

How Many BTUs Do I Need for a 2000 sq ft House?

For a 2000 square feet home, RadiantMadeSimple.com recommends the HRC-011 model:

HRC-011 Model

  • Boiler Capacity: 40,000 BTU per hour (approximately)

  • Heating Space: Suitable for spaces up to 2,000 square feet

 

Note: The actual BTU requirement depends on several factors, including insulation levels, external temperatures, and specific space configurations. It is advisable to refer to detailed specification sheets and consider professional advice for precise calculations.

 

How to Hook Up Radiant Heat to a Boiler

The connection process can involve various components depending on your specific setup. For a DIY-friendly option, consider using a pre-assembled boiler panel system like RadiantMadeSimple (RMS). These systems simplify the connection between your pre-installed tubes and the heat source, making the process more manageable.

 

Making the Decision

To determine the best radiant heat system for your space, consider the size of the area you need to heat, your budget, and whether you’re installing in a new build or retrofitting an existing space. RadiantMadeSimple.com offers both the RMS and HRC systems to meet a variety of needs.

 

For large, energy-efficient heating, the HRC system is an excellent choice. For quick installations in smaller spaces, the RMS system provides an effective solution.
 


What is Radiant Made Simple?
Radiant Made Simple (RMS) offers a user-friendly and affordable way to enjoy radiant floor heating comfort in your home. The system is ideal for new construction or remodeling projects, particularly in spaces like bathrooms, basements, studios, shops, or garages.


Here's what makes RMS stand out:
Pre-assembled panel: Forget complicated setups. The RMS system comes as a complete panel, ready to connect to your existing in-floor tubing.
DIY friendly: The all-in-one design allows for easy installation by yourself or a contractor. Simply mount the panel, connect it to your piping, and plug it in for radiant warmth.
Cost-effective: The RMS system is designed to be more economical than traditional radiant heating solutions from big-box stores that require multiple components.
Scalable coverage: Whether you're heating a small bathroom or a larger multi-zone area, RMS panels can be configured to handle spaces from 300 square feet up to 4,100 square feet.

By carefully evaluating your specific requirements, you can choose the radiant heat system that will provide optimal comfort and efficiency for your space. Visit RadiantMadeSimple.com to explore their full range of products and find the perfect radiant heating solution for your needs.

Contact us today for a free quote for the system that is perfect for you.

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