Radiant Heating System
This system is known to provide the most natural and comfortable heat in a home. It can come in a number of forms, from a pot belly stove to in-floor hot water tubing. It works through the process of radiation or direct transfer of heat from a hot to a cold surface.
DistributionMost commonly provided via hot water tubing embedded in the floor or directly below the floor surfaceRadiant panels may be used in ceilingsHeating stoves
Fuel SourcesIn-floor systems use hot water heated by a boilerBoiler may be fueled by natural gas, propane, oil or electricityHeating stoves may use wood or coal
AdvantagesComfortable, even heatBoilers can be energy efficient
DisadvantagesSlow heating up cycle since surrounding materials must warmExpensive installed costDifficult access to hidden piping if maintenance problems emerge.Air conditioning requires a separate ductwork distribution and cooling system.