How to Heat a Home with High Ceilings

One simple fact, that hot air rises, can cause homeowners with high ceilings a lot of trouble.

Conventional forced air heating systems can push hot air into a room all day, but it will drift up to the ceiling quickly, leaving the area where you spend your time – the first six feet of the room – quite cold.

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The High Ceiling Problem

In Burlington, Oakville, and the surrounding areas, this problem is more intense during our winter months. Carpeting and rugs, throw blankets and slippers all look luxurious, but relying on them to stay warm isn’t ideal.

The Internet is full of solutions for homeowners with high ceilings, but most of the suggestions don’t really work.

Adding a ceiling fan will move hot air, but also creates a draft that makes you colder. Moving your HVAC vents lower, even to the floor, is okay if you plan on standing right next to the vent all day.

A Real Solution for High Ceilings Heating

Really, what you need is to get the heat to stay on the floor evenly, across the whole room. Radiant floor heating systems do just that.

Instead of relying on moving air through your home, these systems move heated water or air in tubes in the floor. The air is trapped, and the heat will radiate up from the floor, which means you’ll get to enjoy the heat immediately.

If you’re used to maximizing your furnace’s capacity all day, you’ll be quite surprised with how little energy your radiant floor heating system needs to keep you comfortable.

They rely on boilers, which have superior efficiency over most other appliances. Your flooring will also retain heat for some time after you turn off the system.

This means that if you want to save money by turning off the heating for a few hours during peak times you can, and you’ll still be comfortable while you do it.

Radiant floor heating comes with other benefits that homeowners with high ceilings may appreciate:

  • Completely silent operation
  • Does not circulate allergens and dust, because it doesn’t move air
  • Needs less maintenance, because there’s no filters or vents to clean
  • You may be able to completely replace your furnace with this heating method.

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Radiant Floor Heating System Installation

What about installation? Radiant floor heating does cost more to install upfront than, say, a new furnace would.

However, it will make up for this cost over time with lower energy bills and significantly lower maintenance costs.

If you choose Rennie HVAC to do your installation, we can remove your floor, install the system, and put the floor back exactly as we found it. This will ensure that your room looks the same when we’re done.

If you just moved into a home with high ceilings, and most rooms are still empty, now is the best time to get radiant heat flooring installed, so you don’t have to move your furniture twice.

If you have questions about radiant floor heating systems, or if you’re ready to get one installed in your home, reach out to us at Rennie ClimateCare.

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