Radiant Heat Benefits

Radiant Is Vastly Superior to Forced Air Heating

Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating

It is estimated that 90% of homes in the United States are heated using forced air. We’re accustomed to noisy fans kicking on and off, being too hot upstairs and too cold downstairs, wrapping ourselves in extra layers only to strip them off a short time later, and constantly adjusting the thermostat to try and keep comfortable.

But imagine the alternative — exquisite warmth beneath every step. With in-floor radiant heat, there are no noisy fans blowing dust and allergens or drying out sinuses. The benefits of heated floors include completely silent heat, improved indoor air quality and a reduction in the spread of airborne illnesses and incidents of asthma. Cold floors are a thing of the past, and energy is not wasted heating air that just rises to the ceiling. Radiant floor heating uses “zoning” to control the temperature room-by-room, saving energy and maximizing comfort for every occupant. Warmboard radiant heat makes all this possible!

A typical radiant-heated home in the U.S. can expect a 25% energy savings over a conventional forced air home. This 25% savings can be attributed to several factors including parasitic losses, lower ceiling temperatures, the ability to zone the home and more. Because of its superior conductivity, Warmboard radiant infloor heat lowers water temperatures, which maximizes your boiler’s efficiency, saving you even more money every year for the life of your home.

Architects have complete liberty with design because there are no floor registers or wall or ceiling chases. Furniture can be placed anywhere without regard to registers, vents or wall radiators. And rooms with high, open ceilings and/or floor-to-ceiling windows can be heated simply and efficiently.

Lower Air Temperatures for the Same Comfort

Even on a cool, windy day, we can feel warm as the sun shines upon us. This is because the radiant heat from the sun allows us to be comfortable even with low air temperatures. The same is true in your home. With the warmth emanating from a radiant floor, you experience greater comfort with the thermostat set lower than that in a home with forced air.

The Problems with Forced Air Heating Systems

Radiant heat is more effective because it eliminates so many of the issues that are inherent in forced air systems, including the following:

Energy Use and Parasitic Loss

With built-in flaws and imperfections in duct work, heat escapes the forced air system and is lost to unknown parts of your house while increased air pressure in rooms can add strain to weather stripping, causing leaks. Also, air blowers often require 9 times the amount of electricity as the pumps in radiant systems.

Higher Ceiling Temperatures

Heat doesn’t rise — but hot air does. It’s the primary reason why so much insulation is used beneath the roof. In a forced air system, hot air is pumped into a room and rapidly rises to the ceiling, which can cause a temperature swing of 10 degrees between the ceiling and the floor. This air stratification becomes worse in rooms with high ceilings. In a two-story home, the upstairs can be stifling hot while the downstairs is too cool.

Lack of Zoning Increases Energy Usage

Most forced air homes have a single thermostat to control the temperature of the entire home. These “single zone systems” are the norm because forced air is inherently difficult and expensive to control. The result is inconsistent comfort — some rooms too cool, others too hot, and rooms in direct sunlight overheat depending on the time of day.

What are the Benefits of Radiant Heat?

Radiant heat offers a number of benefits over traditional forced air heating systems, including:


No ductwork means less spreading of dust, allergens and airborne viruses throughout the home, while improved humidity helps prevent dry skin and painful sinuses.

Cost Savings

Radiant heating is 25% more energy efficient than forced air. With Warmboard, that percentage is even higher due to greater control and lower water temperatures.


Warmboard responds faster than any other system, provides more consistent floor temperatures, is totally silent, and allows you to control the heating room by room.

Aging in Place

Radiant heating helps seniors stay comfortable indoors by eliminating cold spots and allowing zoned temperature control, while helping them use less energy and save money.

Home Design

Radiant floor heating offers design freedom. You no longer must design around radiators, registers or radiant wall heaters, and even floor temperatures mean more flooring options.


Warmboard high-efficiency heating systems achieve the necessary heat output in in only 20 minutes; other products take 3 to 7 times longer to reach that same output.

Radiant Floor Design

From a structural standpoint, the Warmboard hydronic radiant floor heating design is ideal for both new construction and remodels. Our plans show you how to put it all together.


Our sustainable heating system uses less energy, heats rooms responsibly, reduces airborne contaminants, minimizes material waste and earns up to 15 LEED points.

Get Started

To begin, please provide Warmboard with the construction documents for your project. From there, our in-house project managers will guide your through the design and cost estimation process.

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