Q: Where do radiant floors make sense?
A: A radiant floor heats a room by circulating hot water through flexible tubing embedded in a concrete slab or subfloor. It’s often used as supplemental heat in a finished basement or in a bath with a tile floor. While some people prefer the gentle warmth emitted by a radiant floor, it takes a lot longer to heat up a room than does a forced air system. A radiant floor also costs less to install if the home already has a hydronic (water-based) heating system.