Radiant heat warms the closest and coldest mass, which radiates heat throughout that space evenly. In other words, radiant heat warms cold objects. Radiant heat will heat the floors, tables, and people.
What Does Radiant Heat Feel Like?
Have you ever strolled along the beach on a sunny day and felt the warm sand underneath your feet? Have you touched a mug that was warm because of the hot drink inside? If so, then you've felt radiant heat. Objects maintain the radiant heat until the heat sources in gone, after which the heat slowly escapes to whatever is colder and closer.
How Electric Radiant Heat Works
When the radiant heat system is turned on, electricity is forced through the conductive heating material. For high voltage radiant heat systems, line voltage (110 V.) of electricity is forced through the heating cable. For low voltage systems, the line voltage is converted to low voltage (8-30 V.) of electricity in the control unit (which contains a step-down transformer) and this low current is then forced through the heating element. The low voltage heating elements used are either Tuff Cable or ZMesh.
The heated material then heats the flooring until it reaches the right temperature set by the floor thermostat. The radiant heat then passes through the floor and continues to heat other objects in the room (tables, chairs, people). The heat will continue to heat the room and its objects up to the ceiling. Radiant heat will give you the most consistent room temperature from floor to ceiling compared to any other heating system.