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7 Myths About Radiant Heat, Debunked

Radiant heating is a newfangled technology. On the contrary, its origins stretch all the way back to Ancient Rome, where closely controlled fires fed heat into air chambers situated under floors and behind walls. In the United States, centuries later, it was none other than Frank Lloyd Wright who helped reintroduce the technology. It's undergone continual development since then, gradually becoming a viable, if not superior, home heating alternative. Indeed, it may have taken a few thousand years for manufacturers to get right, but make no mistake, radiant heating has arrived.

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7 Myths About Radiant Heat, Debunked

For once, industry experts agree on something: To keep your home warm through the winter months, there's no method more comfortable than radiant heating. Although it earns praise for its virtually silent, dust-free, and energy-efficient operation, radiant heating exists in fewer than 10 percent of homes in the United States. Though more and more homeowners are choosing it over other systems, radiant technology hasn't caught on nearly to the extent that it's been adopted in Europe and Asia. Perhaps that's because a certain degree of confusion and uncertainty still surrounds the concept of in-floor heating. Click through now to get answers about the most beloved and least understood heating system in the country. | By Michael Franco, BobVila.com