Electric Radiant Heat vs. Hydronic Radiant Heat

SPECS AT A GLANCE
TahoeRadiant 
Systems
Low-Voltage
Radiant Heat System
High Voltage In-Floor
Radiant
Heat
Warranty 25 year element warranty 
(longest in the industry)
10 year warranty
(parts and labor)
Installation fairly simple installation easiest radiant heat system to install
Voltage low voltage for ensured safety
(6-30 V.)
standard line voltage
(110 /220 V.)
Thermostat high quality
thermostat
high quality thermostat
Floor Buildup very little floor buildup very little floor buildup
Cost/Pricing least expensive above 200 sq. ft. least expensive between 10-100 sq. ft.

Heating System Comparison
Efficiency
Low-Voltage
Radiant Heat System
Hydronic
(Hot Water)
Floor Radiant
Hydronic
(Hot Water)
Baseboard
Efficiency at 100% of capacity
100% 65-85% 65-85%
Efficiency at 50% of capacity
100% 35-65% 35.65%
Efficient - relative thermal
100% 100% 50-75%
100% of energy is delivered to
heat element
YES NO NO
Proper sized capacity of "Off Peak" conditions
YES NO NO
Maintenance
Low-Voltage
Radiant Heat System
Hydronic
(Hot Water)
Floor Radiant
Hydronic
(Hot Water)
Baseboard
Annual Maintenance Required - filters to clean or change
NO YES YES
Easy to repair
YES NO NO
Controls - simple and reliable
YES NO NO
Cost Savings
Low-Voltage
Radiant Heat System
Forced Air & Gas
Heating System
Hydronic
(Hot Water)
Baseboard
Expandable - easily and econimcally
YES NO NO
Floor covering - Compatible
with all
YES NO YES
Floor space required for installation (mechanical room)
NO YES YES
Decorating limitations for furnishings, wall coverings, etc. (no registers, grills, radiators)
NO NO YES
Installation and Operation - simple
YES NO NO
Structural building cost increases required to accommodate
NO NO NO
Venting required to outside and combustion air required
NO YES YES
Concrete required - regular or lightweight
NO NO NO
Remodeling
Low-Voltage
Radiant Heat System
Hydronic
(Hot Water)
Floor Radiant
Hydronic
(Hot Water)
Baseboard
Retrofitability - in existing concrete or ashpalt
YES NO NO
Retrofit into joist space effectively
YES NO NO
Simple modification for remodeling
YES NO NO
Easy and effective for large or small areas
YES NO NO
Minimal floor section height increase (1/8" or less)
YES YES YES
Health & Safety
Low-Voltage
Radiant Heat System
Hydronic
(Hot Water)
Floor Radiant
Hydronic
(Hot Water)
Baseboard
Health & Medical (doesn't distribute dust, pollen, allergyns through the air)
YES NO YES
Environmentally-friendly (Greenhouse, glycol, etc.)
YES NO NO
Safety (no high-voltage, no hot surfaces, no combustible gases)
YES NO NO
Applications
Definition
Benefits
vs. Forced Air
vs. Hydronics
vs. Line Voltage


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