Elevating Your Estate: Cutting-Edge Heating Solutions for Winter Luxury
Winter is here, and it’s brought plenty of rain and snow along with it. If your current heating system isn’t cutting it, it’s time to look for an upgrade — and luckily, there are plenty of effective, modern options that you can choose from.
In this blog, you’ll discover cutting-edge, luxury heating solutions that will help you stay warm without sacrificing your sense of style.
In-Floor Radiant Heat
One of the worst parts of waking up in the winter is stepping out of your nice, warm bed onto the chilly floor! In-floor radiant heat is a luxurious option that makes transitioning from sleep to awake much easier.
In-floor radiant heat uses plastic water tubing underneath the concrete slab floors and wooden floors to distribute heat evenly throughout the house. Some also use electric wiring and work under ceramic and stone tile floors.
In-floor heaters can be slow to heat up, but they also provide a great deal of comfort and can make your home feel much cozier during the chilly winter months. They can work with many fuel sources, including natural gas, propane, electricity, and solar hot water systems.
In-floor heating might not be the right fit for your home, but what about a baseboard heating system?
Baseboard heaters, as the name suggests, are low-profile heating units connected to the baseboards in your home.
These systems heat water, which circulates through a series of pipes to the baseboard heating units. They also put heated air up from the baseboard unit while pushing cold air down so it can be heated.
Baseboard heaters work with natural gas, propane, fuel oil, and electricity.
Active Solar Heating
You’ve heard of using solar panels to power your home, but did you know that you can also use solar energy to heat it? That’s where active solar heating comes in.
Active solar heating relies on solar energy to heat fluid and transfer heat to your home.
This system can distribute heating using radiant floor heaters, baseboard heaters, or a more traditional central forced-air system. It is usually supplemented with another heating solution, such as a boiler or radiant heat system.
Going solar is a great option if you want to be more eco-friendly with your home heating solution, even if you still have to use it alongside another heating system.
Gravity Air Furnace
A gravity air furnace is a modern version of a more traditional furnace heating solution.
This type of furnace distributes air through your home’s ductwork. However, it doesn’t rely on a blower. Instead, it allows warm air to rise and cool air to sink.
If you choose this solution, a furnace will heat the air, which rises upward and throughout the home. Meanwhile, cool air will return to the furnace via a series of cold-air return ducts.
A gravity air furnace works with natural gas, propane, oil, and electricity.
Geothermal Heat Pump
A geothermal heat pump is another environmentally friendly heating option. The system consists of three primary components:
● Underground heat collector: The geothermal heat pump relies on the earth as a heat source. It uses a series of underground pipes and circulates fluid, which absorbs or deposits heat from/into the soil.
● Heat pump: When outdoor temperatures are cooler than the ground temperature, a geothermal heat pump removes heat from the underground heat collector’s fluids and then concentrates and transfers it to the home.
● Heat distribution subsystem: Generally, ductwork distributes heated air from the pump throughout the home.
Geothermal heat pumps are highly versatile and can be used for single homes, single businesses, and entire communities. They can be part of new construction projects or retroactively added, too.
Bonus Tips for a Warmer Home
Investing in a new heating solution is, of course, an excellent way to warm up your home and keep it comfortable all winter long.
There are additional steps you can take — some are DIY options, and some require help from a home builder — that will make a big difference. The following are some of the most helpful ones:
Invest in Smart Home Technology
A smart thermostat is a powerful tool that makes it easier than ever for you to control the temperature of your home.
With a smart thermostat, you can adjust the temperature through a convenient app on your phone or tablet. You can also program the thermostat to your desired temperature (and schedule different temperatures throughout the day) so your home is comfortable 24/7.
Hang Blinds or Curtains
Hanging blinds or curtains (and keeping them closed when it’s cold outside) can help insulate your home and keep it feeling warmer. Conversely, when the sun is shining, you can open the blinds or curtains and let its natural light (and heat) come in.
Seal Your Doorways
A lot of cool air could be sneaking into your home through gaps in your doorways. Take a tour of your home and look for openings that can be sealed using door sweeps. You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference this can make.
Update Your Windows
If you have old, drafty windows, you might want to consider updating them to more energy-efficient alternatives. New windows will be less drafty and will also ensure the warm air from your heater stays in the house where it belongs.
Increase Your Insulation
Insufficient home insulation can make your home feel chilly even when you have the heater running. If it’s been a while since you checked your insulation — especially your roof insulation — now is a great time to do so. You could save a lot of money on your heating bills by investing in extra insulation throughout the house.
Invest in Cozy Interior Design with Superior Construction
Is it time to level up your heating solution and maximize your winter home comfort? If you’re interested in incorporating any of the home heating solutions shared above, our team at Superior Construction is here to help.
Get in touch today to learn more about our services or to get started on your next project!