A Guide to Electric & Hydronic Radiant Heat for Homeowners

Hydronic Radiant Heating

If you’re building a new home or looking to add floor heating throughout your entire home, hydronic radiant heating may be the right choice for you.  Hydronic radiant floor heating systems use a boiler to heat up hot water and a pump to circulate the hot water via plastic pipes installed within a concrete slab. The pipes — embedded in the floor — carry the heated water that conduct warmth to the surface of the floor, which then warms up the rest of the room. Separated radiant heat zones are served by a manifold, which distributes the flow of warm water to the individual circuits of tubing within each zone. This allows each area of a home to be controlled by separate thermostats. Maintenance for these systems is typically minimal; however, if the system breaks, fixing it can be very expensive.