Goodbye radiator? The eight efficient and modern heating systems suitable for the home

There are those who, driven by more advanced systems both from an energetic and an aesthetic point of view, said goodbye to the dear, old, radiator. Those who, on the other hand, do not give up the charm of a fireplace or one heater, but even here there are those who have opted for one a pellet or the classic a wood.

Be it traditional or innovative, like those a infrared, a floor oh ceiling, heating and above all the systems to radiate it in homes, has made great strides in recent years. So much so that we often find it difficult to choose the one that best suits our needs. For those who are thinking of renovating their home or even for those who want to change the warm up home here is a small guide with eight alternatives available


If you are looking for an economical and design system, you can focus on stoves or fireplaces. These systems have a moderate cost of implementation. Most of the time they are used in isolation, limiting themselves to heating only the environment in which they are inserted. Otherwise, if they are integrated into a ventilation they can spread a pleasant warmth in the house and also be connected to water heating. In general they are indicated in small apartments or in second homes, where the heating is not turned on daily.


Connected to a boiler, radiators are widely used in homes, but they are not among the systems anymore advantageous. With this type of heating the radiators must always be very hot, so the boiler must work constantly to keep the water in the radiators at a high temperature. All this translates into a greater use of fuel and a consequent increase in bills.

Baseboard heating

In addition to being efficient, the systems must integrate perfectly with the environment and be invisible. This is the case with the baseboard heating because it is inserted inside the wall, at the height of the traditional skirting board, from which it takes its name. This type of system is able to diffuse heat efficiently and keeps the walls dry from any infiltration of humidity. The baseboard heater needs little water to work and ensures a savings of up to 30% on your bill.

Underfloor heating

Used for years in houses, underfloor heating is based on a radiant system with panels, unlike the skirting board, it totally eliminates the encumbrance and above all allows the furniture to be brought closer to the wall. Also suitable for cities where the climate is particularly harsh there are two types of floor system: with pipes and with electrical conductors.

In both cases the system takes a long time to reach the temperature, even if it has the advantage of maintaining it for a long time. Supported by a floor that acts as a thermal conductor (such as parquet) this type of heating allows save up to 25% of the costs in the bill. The only precaution to make the most of it is to leave it always on to avoid canceling the advantages in the bill and to install thermostats in the rooms to control the temperature in the individual rooms.

Electric heating

If you have an implant photovoltaic then the heating that is right for you is the electric one. Convectors or heat pumps can consume a lot of energy, but if you self-produce the costs can even reach zero

Ceiling heating

We all know that hot air tends to rise and all the various heating systems are based on this principle, so why choose the one a ceiling? For this system, direct or indirect thermal radiation is used on the surfaces with an operation that recalls that of the sun. In this way the surfaces absorb up to 90% of the thermal radiation with a radiation of 100% in order to obtain efficiency and safety. Space-free and with the possibility of also being used as a cooling system, it allows you to save up to 2% for each degree less

Infrared heating

One of the most advanced systems is the ad infrared: the heating uses the electromagnetic waves that heat the surfaces of the room and not the air. In addition to simple installation, with low maintenance costs, another advantage is that of reduced heat dispersion. Space-saving, it is a very system versatile which can be installed on the floor, on the ceiling or in some furnishing elements, with guaranteed savings in the bill. Indeed, infrared heating reduces costs by up to 50%, while if you have a photovoltaic system they can be totally canceled.

Solar power

If you are looking for green solutions, i solar panels thermals are for you. The increasingly advanced system ensures substantial savings on the bill even if it is not able to completely replace traditional systems. The panels are unable to support the entire system warm up during the winter, but they must be associated with other solutions.

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