By: Patricia Cermignano

Wouldn't it be nice to walk around your house on cold winter days and not have to put on slippers or socks to keep your feet warm? Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong! Radiant floor heating may be the solution to keeping your toes warm throughout the cold winter months.

By definition, the Department of Energy states that "radiant heating systems supply  heat directly to the floor or to panels in the wall or ceiling of a house". Unlike traditional heating systems, radiant floor heating consistently transmits thermal radiation through in-floor radiant panels to warm a floor surface. The heat generated by radiant floor heating in that specific room rises with a more even distribution of warmth in comparison to traditional heating.

There are three types of radiant floor heating: electric radiant floor heat, warm air radiant floor heat and hydronic radiant floor heat. While all three types of radiant floor heat serve the same purpose, there are differences among them that make each type unique. For September's Product of the Month, we chose to focus on Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating.


What is Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating?

Hydronic Radiant Heating is the most commonly used type of radiant floor heating. It uses heated water from a boiler to pump through the radiant floor tubing that is laid under the floor. This type of radiant floor heating system works at a lower temperature in comparison to electric radiant floor heating, which typically makes this the most energy efficient radiant heat option. Once the tubing has been laid in the floor, the flow of hot water is controlled through the use of zoning valves or pumps. To attain maximum comfort, the best types of flooring to install over the radiant tubing are ceramic tiles, vinyl and linoleum. Rooms that we typically install hydronic radiant floor heating in are bathrooms, kitchens and hallways.


There are many benefits to having hydronic radiant floor heating installed in your home. The list includes but is not limited to:

  • Takes up no floor space/system is not visible
  • Good for people who suffer from allergies as dust and other allergens do not circulate in the air
  • Uses little electricity
  • More efficient than other radiant floor heating alternatives
  • Works at a lower temperature than electric radiant floor heating
  • Quiet/no noise


On the other hand, there are some downsides to having hydronic radiant floor heating installed in your home. The list includes but is not limited to:

  • Expensive installation costs
  • Costly and difficult repairs if problems come up
  • Requires tearing up and replacing the floors where the radiant heat will be installed


Below are a few pictures of a recent hydronic radiant floor heating system that we installed in August:

Materials are all ready for the installation to begin.


   Original floors were ripped up and are ready to have the hydronic radiant floor panels laid down.


Tubing has been laid in place on the hydronic radiant floor panels.


If you are interested in learning more about hydronic radiant floor heat or if you are interested in receiving an estimate for a quote to have this installed in your home, please call Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.'s office at 610-642-6323 or visit our website at