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Radiant Systems
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Sold in a variety of forms and
capacities, electric radiant panels
can be wired in series to match the
needs of your shop space.
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Building a shop? Consider adding
radiant piping into the slab. Even if
you don't add the heating system
now, you're futureproofed.

Radiant Systems

These work by directly heating the objects (and people) in the room via infrared rays -- much as the sun warms you when you step out of the shade. The objects, in turn, pass that heat to the air. Because it warms a room's heat sinks, such as its concrete slab floor and cast-iron tool tops, a radiant heating system requires less energy to maintain a steady temperature and feels comfortable at a lower thermostat setting, making it more cost-effective than its forced-air counterparts. And radiant heating won't dry the air or stir up dust like forced-air systems.

You can find radiant heaters powered by either gas or electricity in several forms: electric panels (right) in a variety of shapes that nestle into coves, baseboards, or even ceiling-tile grids; gas-fired, vented tubes in a variety of configurations to hang from your ceiling; and in-slab systems consisting of loops of hot-water lines (below).

Radiant systems cost more to install than forced-air systems and often have to be special-ordered and installed by expert technicians. And they take a long time to heat things up -- a consideration if you're in your shop for just a few hours at a time. However, if you require consistent, all-day heat, strongly consider a radiant system.

Continued on page 4:  Not-so-hot heating options



Comments (1)
meridiaman1 wrote:

I, actually, purchased a mini-split brand new from a seller on a popular auction site and installed it myself. Installation is quite easy. My mini-split has been operating perfectly for the last 9 years with no problems. It supplies me with A/C in the hot Phoenix summers and heat in the winters (Yes, we get as low as the '20s in the winter here, at times.).

12/18/2014 04:39:27 PM Report Abuse

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