Radiant Heating for Kitchen or Bathroom Floor?

Radiant Heating for Kitchen or Bathroom Floor?

Cambria Bold
Feb 9, 2010

We're sharing questions & answers from the industry pros at the USGBC's Green Home Guide!

Q: Anybody install radiant heating for the kitchen or bathroom floor? Really hard to find information about cost savings and how radiant heating can impact your house bill. Is it worth it? Can it also cool your home? How much did it cost and where can I find the product?

Sent by Justin

Answered by: Polly Osborne, AIA, LEED AP, Polly Osborne Architects, Los Angeles, CA

Radiant floors are usually less expensive to operate than conventional forced air because heat isn't lost through the ducts. The heat is transferred directly from the floor to you. The reason it is hard to find direct information on how efficient radiant heating actually is is because it can vary, depending on which type of system you have and other environmental and materials factors, such as the ventilation in the room and what materials the floors are made of.

The most efficient systems on the market are hydronic systems. They carry heated water from a boiler through pipes in the floor. There are some very efficient boilers on the market these days and the system can also be tied into solar hot water systems.

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