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How Efficient Is Radiant Floor Heating? The Answer’s Here! - October 28, 2012 by Dave Mckiever

We’ve been talking about floor heating efficiency for a while on this blog and we’re not the only one. We found very interesting this article from Earth Talk, which is the Questions & Answers panel of The Environment Magazine.

The article deals is a reply to our their readers:

“Dear EarthTalk: How energy efficient (and comfortable) is underfloor heating, sometimes known as radiant heating? — Marcy Dell, Boston, MA”

Well their answer is simple and clear:

“According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Savers website, radiant heating has a number of advantages over other forms of heat distribution: “It is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because no energy is lost through ducts.” It is also flexible as it can run off of a variety of energy sources: Gas, oil, wood, solar and other sources or combinations thereof can feed radiant systems. And radiant heating is a good choice for those with severe allergies as no potentially irritating particles get blown around the room.”

Like us, they also pinpoint the importance of good insulation:

“The efficiency gains can be magnified significantly with good insulation and a well-designed system. While tearing out old heating systems and/or replacing decent existing flooring might be overkill for the sake of moving to radiant heat, those embarking on new building projects or contemplating major renovations should certainly consider it. According to TLC Network’s Green Living Guide, there are two main types of radiant heating, electric and hydronic. In the former, heated wires installed in the floor radiate heat upward.”

Everybody agrees: radiant floor heating is THE most effective form of heating! So don’t wait and contact us for your next project.