Common Questions About Radiant Heat Installation

This post highlights four commonly asked questions about radiant heat. A quality installer like The Earth Heating will work with your contractor and construction team to ease any concerns you may have about the process.

We get many questions time and time again about radiant heat, so we thought we’d put together a guide to some of the most common ones. Below, we offer some basic answers to put your mind at ease.

How Much Does Radiant Heat Cost Compared to Alternatives?

Operating savings vary depending on heat loss, structural integrity, building insulation, and the natural fuel source in use. Generally speaking, radiant heat will run anywhere from 25% to 40% more efficiently than other forms of forced air heating.

Does Radiant Heat Require Significant Maintenance?

No, it does not! Beyond annual check-ins, radiant heat does not require much maintenance at all and has much more proven longevity than competing system types.

Can I Use Any Fuel Source In My Radiant Heating System?

Operators can use any natural resource for the heat source: natural gas, propane, electric, etc. The heat source just needs to provide the necessary BTUs (energy) at the required temperatures. Heat sources may vary based on cost, efficiency, response, and capacity. A reputable installer can help you choose the right one for your system.

Is Radiant Heat a Great Home Heating Solution?

Radiant heat can offer significant savings over traditional forced air. It also has significantly fewer “hot spots” since the heat is distributed in a more efficient manner. Radiant heat is also a suitable option for those converting old boiler-driven homes to a more modern solution.


These questions should help ease any initial concerns about radiant heat. The next step is to get an estimate from a qualified and professional installer. Portland-area homeowners have trusted The Earth Heating for more than a decade with their home heating needs. Call (503) 788-7777 today to schedule your free quote.

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