Radiant Heat vs Forced Air

radiant heating

Even Heat

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.

forced air gas heatingA 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
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
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


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