Should You Install Radiant Heating?

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When you have a busy day planned, you try and hit the floor running. If that floor is freezing, you end up shivering your way through the first part of your morning. A radiant heating system, one that warms your home using either water or electricity running in or under the floors, can make your life more comfortable. Such a system also offers you other advantages.

No Duct System

When you have a floor radiant heat system installed, particularly a hot water system, you use very little electricity to keep your home warm. In traditional forced air systems, you can lose approximately 30% of the generated heat somewhere in the duct system. Since radiant heat travels through channels under the floor, all of the heat goes toward warming your home. An added bonus is the lack of registers. You do not have to worry about maneuvering your furniture around them. These systems also cut down on the dust and debris that is frequently spread by your heating and cooling ducts, making them a good choice for people with allergies.


Radiant floor heat can be used as a supplement to your current system or it can function alone. You can use it for "zone" heating, keeping certain rooms or areas warmer than the rest of your home. These systems are are also quiet. Imagine not having to listen to the furnace kicking on or off. You also don't have to tolerate air blowing around your home. These heating systems help create a draft-free and peaceful home.  


For many homeowners, the cost of such a system is worth the comfort and energy savings it provides. Having a water, or hydronic, radiant floor heating system installed will cost approximately $6 - $16 per square foot. An electric radiant floor may cost a bit less, ranging from $8 to $13 per square foot. You can save money if you install it yourself, but unless you have experience in this type of system, you should probably leave the job to professionals.

People who have radiant floor heating often rave about the comfort factor during the bitter days of winter. Your feet do not freeze and the heat rises, keeping you warm and and toasty while you work or relax. Freezing temperatures are easier to take if you have a quiet, dependable heating system that saves you money. Consult with your heating and cooling specialist to find out how a radiant floor heating system can work in your home.