Radiant heat refers to the transfer of heat energy from a hot surface directly into the surrounding air. Radiant heating is most commonly installed under a home's floors and along its baseboards, but it can also be installed within a home's walls.
This method of home heating is effective because there are no ducts or vents needed for radiant heating. It won't interfere with where you place your furniture and you won't lose any heat in delivery. No ducts also means that forced air won't stir up dust, dirt and pet hair, offering a better air quality in your home.
Radiant heat is also easily installed so that each room can be adjusted independently. This saves energy and money because you're not trying to keep each area of the house at the same temperature. Furnace heating is inefficient because it has one thermostat that tries to work for the entire house, ignoring the fact that some rooms are used more frequently than others, and some rooms are heated by other sources such as sunny windows or kitchen appliances. Radiant heating can more closely address your needs.
In general, radiant heating is said to cost approximately 40 percent less to operate than forced air home heating systems; however, the cost of installing and running a radiant heating system will depend on how well your home is insulated and whether you're running it through the walls or the floor.
Keep your tootsies warm and toasty with a floor heating system. You'll save energy because when your feet are warm the rest of your body tends to feel warmer, so you won't have to have the heat set as high. Radiant floor heating also keeps the rest of the room warm because heat rises.
There are two common types of radiant heating systems: electric or hot water. Electric floor heating systems use an electric resistance heating principle similar to baseboard heaters, but the heat-generating elements are installed right under the floor. In the second type, water is heated either in your regular hot water tank or in a separate boiler. The hot water is then circulated through pipes under the floor, and heat radiates from the water up through the floor. Many people combine radiant floor heating with solar heating. In fact, solar energy can be used to heat the water that heats the floors.
Electric floor heating systems are typically controlled via programmable thermostats in each individual room. Each thermostat works with a floor sensor to determine the current temperature in that room and make the adequate temperatures adjustments.
An electric floor heating system can be easily installed by a handyman in as little as a weekend. Floor heating systems are installed right under your existing floor. They will add an extra 1/8 to 1/2 inch (on average) to the height of your floor, and they can be installed in just about any room in the house - with the bathroom being the most popular. An electric floor heating system is completely silent during operation.