Radiant Home Heating Systems
Radiant Heat - It Starts With The Feet
It's a well known fact, when your feet are warm you feel warmer all over. Because
radiant heat in your home begins at the floor, the air temperature is always highest
at floor level and decreases steadily toward the ceiling.
Clean Moist Air
With radiant heat the moisture content of the room is more stable and healthful.
Unlike hot air heat, radiant heat reduces dust and airborne allergens and is less likely
to dry out your skin and breathing passages.
Since the air is not dehumidified, it feels several degrees warmer than it really is. For
each degree lower temperature, you save energy and money.
When radiant electric mats or cables, or the tubing for a hydronic system are set in
mortar or concrete, a thermal mass is created. A thermal mass retains heat like a
warm sidewalk after sunset. Once heated, it requires very little energy to maintain a
It's common knowledge that hot air systems lose heat through leaks in the ductwork -
as much as 40% in some cases according to experts. Radiant heating eliminates
inefficient ductwork and delivers more heat into your home.
In addition to new construction, individual rooms can be retrofitted using precut,
modular floor panels for either electric or hydronic systems. Also available are electric
radiant heating mats for above or below floor installation, and paintable electric
radiant ceiling panels.
Explore your radiant heating options further with the articles described below.