Radiant Heat – The Ultimate Solution?

by Linden on November 7, 2007

Radiant HeatI think it is fair to state that we all dream of radiant heat.  If you are reading this article, you probably have a solid understanding of radiant in-floor heating.  If not check out wikipedia’s definition.

Radiant heating basically involves running tubing (pex or copper) throughout your floor (you lay it out before you pour your concrete) on 6” to 18” centers.

Radiant heat pros:

  • Comfort:  Radiant heat provides a uniform heat that will ensure you are comfortable from head to toe.  No more freezing feet due to hot air rising.
  • Efficiency: Generally, a well maintained radiant system is cheapest source of heat you can find.
  • Reduced Dust: No air being forced through vents, or out of a blower means less air burn dust.

Radiant heat cons:

  • Installation cost: You are generally looking at $6.00 – $12.00 a square foot for installation including heat source.  It’s not cheap. Though, if you building new it is something you should probably consider.
  • Spring a leak:  When your concrete cracks and shifts it can put a large amount of stress on your tubing causing a leak.  Locating and repairing these leaks can be difficult.

If you can afford radiant heat, you are sure to love it, make sure you consider it.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Glenn Johnson February 12, 2009 at 3:18 pm

I live in Northern Calif. and recently completed my 2800sq.ft. garage. I bought my radiant heating system from a company in Vermont called Radiantec. My contractor and I installed it before the concrete was poured. I’m very satisfied and would highly recommend the Radiantec system.
They have a great website. http://www.radiantec.com
Glenn Johnson
Camino, Calif.

Glenn Johnson February 12, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I live in Northern Calif. and recently completed my 2800sq.ft. garage. I bought my radiant heating system from a company in Vermont called Radiantec. My contractor and I installed it before the concrete was poured. I’m very satisfied and would highly recommend the Radiantec system.
They have a great website. http://www.radiantec.com
Glenn Johnson
Camino, Calif.

SteveK September 7, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Not all radiant heating systems rely on tubing and fluids to distribute heat. These systems aren’t subject to leaks since there’s no fluids to leak in the first place.

While it’s true that the fluid systems can run from $6-$12 a square foot, I outfitted my garage (an easier retrofit than hot water tubing) for about $3.50 a square foot and I live in a cold climate!

Garage floor Portland Oregon Bach Custom Coatings April 11, 2012 at 11:33 pm

We install a lot of coating systems on floors with radiant heat. This is the only way to go.

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