Radiant Heat – Q & A

Do I still need baseboard radiators when I install radiant heat?

There are many factors that go into heating design.  If properly sized and if it is on an independent zone, then no, you will not need any supplementary heat.  One thing to realize about radiant floor heat is that it will take a while to heat up and a while to cool down.  Forced air systems react the fastest, followed by fin-tube hydronic baseboard radiators, then cast iron radiators and convectors, and lastly radiant.

We like to install radiant floor heat to increase the comfort of walking on floor tile.  It is seldom the only source of heat in a home.  When we install radiant heat in kitchens and baths without any secondary heat source, these rooms are independently controlled by their own thermostat.