Radiant heating is an alternative to conventional heating methods such as radiators. Rather than conventional heating which warms the air, radiant heat energy is emitted from a warm element – such as a floor, wall or overhead panel – and warms people and other objects in rooms directly.
Not only is radiant heat a highly efficient way of heating your home, it is also invisible to the eye: there is no ductwork or clanking pipes. The heat is disbursed through hot water tubes or electrical wires. While it costs more than other forms of heating to install, once it is up and running a typical radiant heated home in the United States can expect a 25% energy savings over a conventional forced air home.