Radiant floor heating is both one of the most luxurious and most economical types of heating systems. There is electric radiant systems that consist of mats with loops of wiring that can be retrofitted into existing homes. There are also hydronic systems that rely on a boiler. The boiler heats water and sends it through a series of pipes concealed beneath the floor. The heat from the pipes is spread evenly across the surface, warming any object resting upon the surface. These objects then further radiate heat. The result is a temperature from floor to ceiling within two degrees of the thermostat setting. Because the equipment is hidden under the floor, it takes up no living space and doesn’t detract from the decor of the home. There’s no need to arrange furniture to accommodate vents and no introduction of air contaminants. Radiant floor heating is silent, wonderfully clean and exceptionally energy efficient. There are no drafts, cold surfaces or temperature stratification, which allows for lower thermostat settings. A radiant system is easily setup for zone control. Separate thermostats in each room cater to personal preferences and meet the exact requirements of each space. There’s no energy wasted from ductwork or heating empty rooms. Radiant heating creates a very gentle comfort and keeps running costs at a minimum. Stepping onto a warm floor, barefoot, in the middle of winter is the ultimate in luxury. No matter how cold it gets out, the house stays perfectly warm. There’s no maintenance involved other than yearly service for the boiler system. It is an extremely worthwhile investment.