and entryways. Electric systems are typically easier to install than hydronic systems. They work well in many single-room remodeling projects because many existing homes have electric heat, so it’s easier to maintain the same energy source. Whether hydronic or electric, radiant heat floor systems offer the popular combination of com- fort and energy efficiency. The Radiant Panel Association, a trade organization for the radiant heat- ing industry, estimates that these systems can reduce a home’s energy usage by 25 to 30 percent when compared to forced-air sys- tems, because they use direct heat rather than air currents. Silent operation is another bonus. And because these systems are free of the drafts associated with traditional ducted heating sys- tems, they also keep indoor air cleaner by not circulating dust like forced-air systems do. INFRA-RED HEATING For commercial use, you might consider an alternative such as infra-red heating. Unless otherwise indicated, infra-red heaters are not certified for residential use or where flammable gasses or vapors are present (such as spray booths). But for private business owners, infra-red heating works well in wood shops, pole barns, auto shops, warehouses or even
Radiant heat flooring radiates warmth outward to all areas of the room.