You already know exactly what radiant heat is like if you’ve ever stood out in the sun or sat in front of a fireplace or campfire. Thermal energy can move in various ways, but radiant heat is one of the most pleasant ways to heat your home. Why?
It doesn’t dry the air.
A furnace or heat pump will heat your indoor air supply directly, which can lead to a severe drop in humidity during the winter months. That can lead to dry skin and nosebleeds, and it may even extend the length of your cold, should you get one.
It heats objects directly.
That not only includes the floorboards or concrete floor under which the pipes of your radiant heat system run, but also your feet and other parts of your body, as well as furniture.
It is energy efficient.
Hot air rises, but radiant heat does not. That means your comfort will often come at a lower cost if you use a radiant heating system in the home rather than a forced–air distribution system, though that depends on other factors as well.