Quick Tip: Radiant Heat Has Other Options Beat

You can save money on energy bills long-term by using radiant heating in your new home or remodel. But which type is better—hydronic or electric?

Radiant Heat

A radiant heating system being installed in subflooring.. Photo: bayhydronic.com

Whether you’re building a whole house or just adding a new bathroom, one of your first decisions has to be how you’re going to heat the new space.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, radiant heat is more efficient than baseboard or forced air systems. Rather than just blowing hot air around the room in bursts, radiant systems slowly and steadily charge the floor with heat, keeping it where you want it, longer.

Hydronic Radiant Heat

Hydronic, or water-circulating, radiant systems are best for new construction or large additions. They come in many forms, for installation just below the subfloor between the joists, directly under tile or hardwood flooring, or even inside a concrete floor slab.

Electric Radiant Heat

Where you only need to heat a small space, like a bathroom, electric radiant heat is an easy luxury option. Electric radiant mats can be installed directly under tile and are ideal over a concrete subfloor.  Set the timed thermostat to turn the system on only when you’ll be using the room, like the morning when you shower, and it will use less than 15 cents of electricity per day. This way, you don’t have to make room for ductwork or baseboard units when you add a bathroom.

On a cold winter morning, your toes will thank you for choosing radiant heat!