Radiant Heat vs. Forced Air

A room with floor Radiant In-Floor space heat will have a very uniform temperature from the ceiling to the floor. Heating a basement floor is the ideal application for our radiant heat systems. If you've lived in a house with forced air, you can crank the heat up, but the basement floor are still chilled. Installing a floor warming system will add comfort and warmth to your lifestyle.

 
A room heated with a forced air furnace will have cold floors and the warmest air at the ceiling. Although the air may be heated, the floors will be chilled and uncomfortable, especially for children playing on the floor.


Below is an in-depth comparison of our radiant heat systems vs. forced air and gas systems.

Heating System Comparison
Efficiency
Low-Voltage
Radiant Heat System
Forced Air & Gas
Heating System
Efficiency at 100% of capacity
100%
60-90%
Efficiency at 50% of capacity
100%
30-60%
Efficient - relative thermal
100%
50-75%
100% of energy is delivered to
heat element
YES
NO
Proper sized capacity of "Off Peak" conditions
YES
NO
Maintenance
Low-Voltage
Radiant Heat System
Forced Air & Gas
Heating System
Annual Maintenance Required - filters to clean or change
NO
YES
Easy to repair
YES
NO
Controls - simple and reliable
YES
VARIES
Cost Savings
Low-Voltage
Radiant Heat System
Forced Air & Gas
Heating System
Expandable - easily and econimcally
YES
NO
Floor covering - Compatible
with all
YES
YES
Floor space required for installation (mechanical room)
NO
YES
Decorating limitations for furnishings, wall coverings, etc. (no registers, grills, radiators)
NO
YES
Installation and Operation - simple
YES
NO
Structural building cost increases required to accommodate
NO
NO
Venting required to outside and combustion air required
NO
YES
Concrete required - regular or lightweight
NO
NO
Remodeling
Low-Voltage
Radiant Heat System
Forced Air & Gas
Heating System
Retrofitability - in existing concrete or ashpalt
YES
NO
Retrofit into joist space effectively
YES
NO
Simple modification for remodeling
YES
NO
Easy and effective for large or small areas
YES
NO
Minimal floor section height increase (1/8" or less)
YES
YES
Health & Safety
Low-Voltage
Radiant Heat System
Forced Air & Gas
Heating System
Health & Medical (doesn't distribute dust, pollen, allergyns through the air)
YES
NO
Environmentally-friendly (Greenhouse, glycol, etc.)
YES
NO
Safety (no high-voltage, no hot surfaces, no combustible gases)
YES
NO
Applications
Definition
Benefits
vs. Forced Air
vs. Hydronics
vs. Line Voltage


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