Is Radiant Heating Safe?

Radiant floor heating is a very safe way to heat a home. Instead of relying on ductwork, radiators, and vents, the system relies on underfloor PEX tubing through a system that’s much safer and tidier.

When considering a water-based radiant floor heat system, one of the most common concerns is safety during installation and use, especially in new construction and remodels.

These systems are generally easy to install and carry little-to-no maintenance throughout their lifetime. Beyond that, there are a few other reasons of note when it comes to radiant heating trustworthiness. 

Better Safety and More Comfort 

Since the entire heating system is underneath the floor, there’s no need to worry about the sharp edges and hot surfaces that come with traditional radiator heating. This makes radiant heat an excellent choice for those with young children as the entire system is neatly put away. Additionally, thermal circulation allows for better air quality as the heat is rising from the floor instead of kicking up dust through the normal circulation patterns of a radiator. 

What is the Maintenance of Radiant Floor Heating?

The good news is that once the system is installed, there’s virtually no maintenance. Most modern systems run on pumps lubricated by water, which allows for more quiet and efficient operation. The water that actually heats the PEX tubing can be powered through various methods, meaning the safest material option can be used. Radiant heat requires no filters or ducts that require regular cleaning, so beyond an annual inspection (as is standard with all heating systems), owners can be confident in a well-performing heating setup year after year. 

A Cleaner, More Efficient Home

Lastly, radiant floor heating is up to 30% more efficient than a conventional heating system, resulting in significant savings over time. With no radiators or venting to take up space on the floor, you can have peace of mind in having a cleaner looking layout, offering more opportunity to work with design and interior options. 


Radiant floor heating is quickly becoming the preferred option for buyers overseeing new construction and remodels alike as it’s an energy- and cost-efficient method to heat a home with less maintenance and more confidence than a traditional heating system. For a decade, Portland homeowners have trusted The Earth Heating with their radiant heating needs. Call (503) 788-7777 today to learn how we can improve the heating efficiency of your home.

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