Radiant floor heating

Radiant floor heating is an effective, heat-distribution system that uses the floor to heat your home. Sounds crazy, right? The concept might be strange, but it is actually a great way to heat your home instead of using a standard ventilation system. With radiant floor heating systems, you don’t have to worry about trying to heat a large room with just one vent anymore.

In our most recent blog, the heating and cooling experts at Chapman discuss the basics of radiant floor heating. If you’re interested in learning more about this energy-efficient heating alternative, contact us today.

How Does Radiant Floor Heating Work?

Radiant floor heating provides warmth for your home from underneath the floors. But how is it possible to have a heating system underneath your floor? Electric and hydronic floor heating are the two most common types of radiant floor heating systems.


Electric radiant floor heating systems use electric wiring to produce heat. If you want to heat a smaller space, you will want to consider electric radiant floor heating. Electric radiant floor systems are more cost-effective to install, but more expensive to operate. 


Hydronic radiant floor heating systems make use of hot water tubes to produce heat. Hydronic floor heating systems are more cost-effective to operate and are ideal for much bigger houses or larger floor areas. These hydronic floor heating systems are more expensive to install because they are very sophisticated and require heated water from a water heater. Though they are more expensive to install upfront, you’ll notice increased savings in bigger properties with a hydronic heating system.

To install heated floors in your home or business, get in touch with the professionals at Chapman today.

Why Should You Choose Radiant Floor Heating?

Increased Comfort

Whether you choose electric or hydronic radiant floor heating systems, your space is going to be comfortable. A conventional forced-air system causes radiant heat to rise to the ceiling, and then it comes back down as cool air. Radiant heating systems use heat that comes from the ground to provide the entire room with comfortable heat. A radiant floor heating system will allow you to have gorgeous tile, marble or slate floors without having to worry about cold feet. You get the best of both worlds; beautiful flooring and comfort.

Even Heating

Radiant heating distributes warm air evenly across your home so you never need to worry about cold spots or uneven temperatures from room to room. Traditional forced-air heating systems, meanwhile, use vents to distribute heat, which causes areas around the vents to feel warmer than other areas in the room.

No Ductwork

Radiant heating doesn’t require ductwork to heat your home, which is one less thing you’ll have to maintain during the year.

Energy Efficient

You’ll potentially save hundreds of dollars per year on your energy bills with a radiant heating system. With traditional, forced-air heating systems, heat rises to the ceiling before dissipating. Radiant heat provides radiant heat from the ground up to prevent heat loss and to keep those bare feet warm even on the coldest days of winter! Radiant heating is up to 25% more efficient than traditional forced-air systems, allowing you to use less energy.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Do any of your family members suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory illnesses? If so, you should consider a radiant floor heating system. Because radiant heating doesn’t use blowers or fans, no allergens are circulated in the home’s air supply, such as dust mites and pet dander. Improve your family’s health with the installation of a radiant heating system.

No Noise

Traditional furnaces make noise when they start or stop a heating cycle, and older heaters can be loud throughout their cycle. With the installation of a radiant heating system, you’ll hear virtually no noise as the system heats your home from under your very toes.

Contact Chapman for Question about Radiant Floor Heating

The installation of radiant heating systems creates a comfortable space while saving on your energy bill. It’s also great for warehouses, factories and commercial buildings. For more information about radiant floor heating, visit our website to schedule an appointment, or give us a call at ​317-207-9378 today.