Pros and Cons of Radiant Basement Floor Heating

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If you are considering a radiant system for basement floor heating, consider the pros and cons of the various types of radiant heating systems before you make your selection. There are basically three types of radiant floor heating systems available to choose from: forced air, electric, and liquid-based. A better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of these heating systems will likely influence your choice of these systems.

Ductless Heating

Radiant heat is more efficient because it is ductless. Heat transferred through ducts is more likely to best lost than through radiation.


If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma from dry air, that is more likely to contain dust particles blown throughout your home with a forced-air system, a radiant system would be a healthier option.

Economic Advantages

Radiant systems reduce electric or gas costs because they are more efficient.

Heat Distribution

In a radiant heating system, heat distribution is more even. Therefore, corners and remote areas of your room, are more likely to receive an even amount of heat.

Installation Costs

Radiant heating systems are more costly to install.

Ease of Installation

Radiant heat systems are more difficult to install.

Floor Surfaces

Radiant heat works better with hard flooring surfaces but not so well with carpet.