Before everyone collectively loses their minds over this, let me set the record straight. We recommend having radiant heating embedded under the floor because the heat from the warm water circulating through the PEX piping radiates up from the floor to keep objects and people cozy. We’ve all been in a home with radiant floor heating, and it rules. I cannot be convinced otherwise. Objects sit on the floor and people stand on it — so having the PEX piping in the floor is a no brainer. Well, it’s a no brainer if it’s possible.

To learn more about radiant floor heat in residential applications, read this blog.

As much as we all love radiant floor heating, there are situations when having piping under the floor just isn’t possible. For example, let’s say you want to add radiant to the main level of a home, but the finished basement underneath doesn’t allow easy access to the floor joists to add the PEX piping. Luckily, this doesn’t mean the homeowner has to give up on radiant heating. It just requires a little creativity from the contractor.

Alternatives to underfloor radiant heating

The two alternative installations to underfloor radiant heating are radiant ceilings and radiant walls. Radiant ceilings and/or walls allow for flexibility during home remodels because you don’t have to rip up the pristine original hardwood floors that were installed in the roaring 20s. Also, the supply-water temperature can actually increase because the tubing is now behind drywall, so you don’t have to worry about warping floorboards.

To learn more about the benefits and details of alternatives to radiant floor heating, read the Contractor magazine article titled, “Off-the-wall heating”.