Radiant floors are one of the oldest forms of heating a structure — dating all the way back to Roman times.
Radiant floor heat provides numerous benefits, including increased comfort, even temperatures, cleaner air,
no cold drafts, no unsightly ductwork and no floor vents, all while being quieter and more energy-efficient
compared to forced-air heat.
In a radiant floor heating system, warm water flows through tubes located underneath the floors. That
warmth radiates up from the floors and warms everything it comes in contact with — including people.
Radiant is compatible under any type of floor covering — carpet, wood, slate, tile, linoleum, and even
concrete — making design possibilities endless.
The water in a radiant system has a capacity to transport energy 3,500 times greater than air, so it can
heat (and even cool) using less energy than a forced-air system. This amounts to greater comfort at a lower
thermostat setting, which provides lower energy bills. In fact, more people are comfortable with radiant floor
heating at a lower thermostat setting than with forced-air heating at a higher thermostat setting.
Radiant heating systems work in zones, allowing different areas of a home to heat at different temperatures.
This allows typically chilly rooms, such as bathrooms, basements and entryways, to receive more heat when
needed. At the same time, rooms with less traffic, such as a den or formal dining room, can be set to a lower
thermostat setting, making the system even more energy-efficient.