The heat radiates into the air and warms everything that touches the floor
I think that one of the most beneficial types of heating systems is radiant floor heating. I wish that I could afford to tear out my gas furnace and duct system and replace them with heated floors. The gas furnace is noisy, requires lots of maintenance and wastes energy. Even when the ductwork is properly sealed and maintained, it allows approximately 4% of the conditioned air to escape. Plus, when the heated air blows from the vent, it rises straight up toward the ceiling. This leaves the area of the room closest to the floor cooler than up by the ceiling. I need to raise the thermostat to achieve a comfortable temperature, forcing the furnace to run longer and consume more energy. As the air travels through the duct system, it picks up dust, bacteria and other harmful contaminants and spreads them throughout the house and creates a health concern. My family often coughs and sneezes when the furnace starts up. By comparison, the radiant system is entirely concealed beneath the floors. There’s no need to arrange furniture to accommodate the position of the vents. There’s no blast of hot air hitting certain spots or unattractive equipment taking up valuable living space. The pipes connect to a boiler system and create a closed loop that hot water travels through. The process is especially quiet, clean and spreads heat evenly across the floor. The heat radiates into the air and warms everything that touches the floor. It eliminates cold surfaces that can steal body heat and avoids temperature stratification. The temperature from floor to ceiling is no more than a couple of degrees apart.