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Compared to a forced-air system, radiant heating operates at least 25 percent more efficiently, according to study by Kansas State University and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. There are several reasons why radiant heat consumes less energy (and fewer energy dollars). A primary explanation is that, since radiant systems involve no ductwork, there's minimal heat lost between the heat source and conditioned space.
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