Radiant Heating FAQs

Radiant heating describes heat received from an object whose temperature has been raised. For many years, the most common form of  heating in homes was the radiator, but furnaces (because you can use the ducts for heating and air conditioning) have become the most popular heating system. However, radiant heating has started to return to popularity in a different form: radiant floor heating.

People often have questions about radiant floor heating. We’ll answer some of the most common ones. If you want radiant floor heating installation or heating repair in Littleton, MA, call our staff at Basnett Plumbing & Heating today

How does radiant heating work?

Most radiant heating systems are hydronic, with a boiler circulating hot water through pipes. These pipes run underneath floorboards and send heat directly into them. The heat then radiates off the boards and into the room.

Does radiant heating really feel better than other kinds of heating?

How heat “feels” is subjective, but most homeowners who have radiant heating installed describe the sensation as similar to warmth from direct sunlight. There is also something wonderful about the feeling of toasty warmth under your feet on a cold morning.

Can I have radiant heating installed in an existing home?

Yes. Radiant heating is often installed in new homes as part of construction, but with the proper, trained installers on the job, a home can be retro-fit for radiant floor heating. It does require extensive construction work, however, so some homeowners opt to have heating put in for an individual room, such as a bathroom.

What advantages does radiant heating have over forced-air heating?

For one thing, radiant heating is “cleaner” than forced-air heating because it doesn’t pick up dust and dirt contamination from ductwork. Radiant heating is also more effective because it comes from underneath and rises upward, where forced-air heating often blows out air that gathers at the ceiling, taking longer to fill a room.

Is radiant floor heating difficult to repair?

Not as much as you might think. Repairs rarely require tearing out floorboards to reach broken pipes. Most fixes only need one or two small holes to access leaks and seal them. And, since hydronic systems have few moving parts, they generally do not need many repairs as long as they receive regular maintenance.

How can I get started with radiant heating?

This is the easiest question to answer: just contact Basnett Plumbing & Heating and talk to one of our experts in installation and heating repair in Littleton, MA. We can discuss your options and our range of services for radiant heating. Even if radiant heating doesn’t end up as your best choice for home comfort, our technicians will find a system that will work for you.

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