What is Radiant Cooling?
Summer cooling expenses can add up quickly for those who prefer to keep your homes comfortable at all hours of the day and night. If you’re like most people today, you are constantly in search of innovative ways to reduce not only your cooling costs, but also the carbon footprint your cooling efforts leave behind.
Of course, you want to do that without sacrificing your comfort in the process if that’s at all possible. Radiant cooling is a fantastic way to aid in your efforts to keep your cool without breaking the bank – or the planet.
The concept of radiant cooling is quite simple. It uses the knowledge that warm air rises and cool air sinks. In regions where there is relatively low humidity, this is often achieved by chilling panels or beams hanging from the ceiling. When the cold air sinks, it will make the room more comfortable for those who are in the room. In some cases, a dehumidifier is necessary to use along with this method of cooling as it will help to reduce the risk of condensation. While the most commonly recognized forms of radiant cooling are used in the ceiling, it is also possible to have radiant cooling systems in your flooring as well.
Other Cooling Options for Your Home
Another method of cooling your home to consider is the use of a whole house fan. You may choose to use your whole house fan alone or in concert with radiant cooling. Whole house fans are effective at removing moisture and heat from inside the home allowing radiant cooling systems to cool more effectively. This may eliminate the need for air conditioning altogether. At the very least it will reduce your dependence on air conditioning allowing you to cool your home far more cost effectively in many regions of the United States.
When the dog days of summer are bearing down upon you, it is difficult to think of little other than escaping the oppressive heat of the summer sun. Radiant cooling presents a comfortable, cost-effective alternative to use to reduce your dependence on higher cost, higher emissions air conditioning for your home or office.
Use that in combination with other cost-conscious cooling methods, like whole house fans, and you can watch your energy savings grow while taking comfort in the fact that you’re doing something good for your wallet and the planet. Small steps like these add up to valuable savings for everyone.