Why Use Radiant Heating?
by Brian Whitehurst (10/25/2012)
Aside from the convenience and comfort factor there are a lot of reasons to use radiant heating
inside the home or office. For starters it eliminates air ducts
and allergy problems as well as introduces a much more efficient heating
According to energy.gov, “it is more efficient than baseboard heating
and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because it
eliminates duct losses. People with allergies often prefer radiant heat
because it doesn’t distribute allergens like forced air systems can.”
The energy costs of a liquid-based floor heating system and using
geothermal heat pumps are also lower than normal conventional
utilities. “Hydronic (liquid-based) systems use little
electricity, a benefit for homes off the power grid or in areas with
high electricity prices. Hydronic systems can use a wide variety of
energy sources to heat the liquid, including standard gas- or oil-fired
boilers, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination of
That’s not it for the benefits. How about home safety?
Because heated floors are underneath the surface, there’s no wiring or
structural pieces in the wall. It creates no burn hazards,
nor is it a hazard for physical injuries due to accidental contact
leading to tripping and falling. Without the ducts and wiring inside the
walls you can change the look of your home like a more open floor
plan. There’s heat everywhere and you don’t have to worry about
blocking registers, baseboards or radiators with furniture.
Over all the feeling is more comfortable. Heat is down where we
live rather than rising to the ceiling. When you’re feet are warm and
your head is cooled down, you’re more comfortable and happy. This
results in benefits for both residential and business installations.
Happy workers are more productive. Happy Mom + happy kids = Happy Dad.
People suffering from poor circulation issues benefit from radiant
floor systems that keep their extremities warm without making their head
feel hot. Happy residents = happy building owner. Happy Grandma and
Grandpa = Happy Mom & Dad.
These floors are easily zoneable and you can control the temperature
of each room of the house for added comfort and energy savings.
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