Radiant heat is expensive to install, but it's energy-efficient. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, energy-efficient modifications might save you 5 to 30 percent on your monthly energy cost while guaranteeing the health and safety of your house.
Radiant heat is the transfer of heat from a hot surface. A fire in a fireplace produces radiant heat, as do radiant cooktops and electric heaters. Radiant heating systems provide heat to the floors or panels in the wall or ceiling of a house.
Forced-air heating systems push hot hair into the house by a loud blower or furnace, McCord adds. “As the air cools, fans constantly turn on and off all day and night to try and maintain the desired temperature,” he says.
– Electrical radiant heating systems use electric coils to produce heat. “This typically will go in a small area of the house. It makes the floor feel nice but is generally not used as the primary heat source in a home,” McCord explains.
Pros– Electric radiant heating is inexpensive to install.– Hydronic heating systems are very efficient to operate.– No loud fans mean they're quiet.– The system allows for uniform heating.
For an electric radiant heating system, McCord estimates that the product will cost between $5 and $10 per square foot and installation will run between $10 and $15 per square foot. For a hydronic radiant heating system, he says product costs vary wildly.
The average price to run a radiant heating system for 24 hours is $3 compared to $20 for traditional air heating systems, according to HomeAdvisor.
“It can, but its hard to say. There’s no data to really support this,” McCord says. “The percentage of homes with radiant floors is relatively small.”