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Your Guide to Radiant Heating

Warm Up with Radiant Heat

Nowadays, you are lucky to have plenty of options when it comes to creating comfort systems for your home. No longer do we need to huddle around the fire to stay warm or rely on a steady supply of firewood and coal! Instead, you have a variety of heating systems to choose from, giving you the freedom to discover which is exactly right for your home and family.

One heating system that is rising in popularity is radiant heating. With origins dating back to prehistoric times, radiant heating has come a long way and is efficiently keeping homes warm across the nation. Read on to learn about radiant heating’s history, how it works, and the benefits of installing it in your home.

What is Radiant Heating?

To begin, let’s travel back in time. Early forms of radiant heating were accomplished by directing smoke through a series of trenches beneath homes. As time went on, the Romans created a similar system, only this time there were entire rooms beneath the floor filled with hot air from a fire. Think of it as turning a basement into a sauna to heat the room above.

Since those days, technology has become a bit more advanced. Now, radiant heating is comprised of a system of tubes that run all across a room underneath your floor. Using water, air, or electricity, the tubes emit heat which radiates up through the floor and into the room.

Air Systems

Air systems are likely the least efficient of radiant heating systems as the air can only hold so much heat. You can opt to pair these systems with solar power, however, they only seem to work best during the daytime.

Hot Water Systems

Your boiler pumps hot water through this most popular radiant heating system. Some even offer zoning options in order to only heat the rooms you need. This system has a more invasive and expensive installation but is more affordable to operate.

Electric Systems

These systems are more affordable to install, yet they cost more to operate thanks to their constant use of electricity. This is why we recommend installing electric systems in smaller rooms like bathrooms.

The Benefits of Radiant Heating

Now that you’re familiar with the types of radiant heating systems, let’s find out what they can offer your home.


In a traditional, forced air heating system, you lose a lot of air through ductwork. Radiant heat eliminates ductwork completely, keeping all that good, warm air where you need it. Traditional systems also require a temperature of about 150 degrees Fahrenheit to heat the home, while a radiant system can run at around 84 degrees.

These differences may seem small but by cutting air loss and lowering energy usage, you’ll be saving money on utility bills.

Consistent Temperatures

We all know that warm air rises and radiant heating takes full advantage of that. The warm air begins at the floor and rises up slowly, coating the entire room in a blanket of warmth as it goes. And as the tubing systems are run evenly across the floor, not one spot will go unheated.

Compare this to traditional systems where warm air is coming from a singular vent, leaving room for uneven heating and cold spots.

Family Friendly

You want to be sure your family is safe and comfortable in their own home. Along with consistent temperatures and affordable running costs, a radiant heating system will keep the air in your home cleaner. By eliminating ductwork, allergens are less likely to spread throughout the home. Your air quality will be up and your family will be breathing cleaner and safer air.

Radiant Heating in Framingham, MA

If you’re ready to begin your radiant heating journey with Obie Comfort Solutions, give us a call at (508) 252-8515!