Radiant Heat

Annual Maintenance Comparisons of Radiant Heat and Other Heating Systems

According to the US Department of Energy, older furnace and boiler systems had efficiencies in the 56% to 70% range, while modern conventional heating systems can achieve a rating as high as 98.5%. One of the most modern systems is radiant heat that actually uses old-school science to warm homes and specific spaces. Many luxury home and high-end renovators choose radiant heat because of its low annual maintenance costs.

Annual Forced Air Maintenance

As one of the more popular heating options, forced air is found in a variety of homes. However, many buyers forget the involved annual maintenance of these systems, including:

  • Checking the combustion chamber for cracks
  • Regular carbon monoxide testing
  • Adjust blower control and supply-air temperature
  • Clean and oil the blower
  • Removing dirt and debris from the furnace or boiler
  • Checking fuel input and flame characteristics
  • Ensuring proper, non-leaking connections between the furnace and main ducts.

That list gets long in a hurry and most of it can only be done by a professional team. One issue can get expensive, fast, and typically requires intrusive maintenance.

Annual Radiant Heat Maintenance

Beyond radiant heat systems physically costing less energy year-to-year, the pumps installed in modern systems are typically maintenance-free. Since water is the lubricant for pumps and bearings, the mechanisms have a longer, quieter lifespan. Pumps have a general life expectancy of 10 years and require a quick look along with your general planned annual maintenance. A good installer will ensure that your radiant heat system is done right the first time, and you’ll enjoy decades of consistent, energy-efficient heat.


Of course, the first step in embracing radiant heat is to choose a professional and trusted installer that can walk you through the entire process from start to finish. Portland-area homeowners have chosen The Earth Heating for more than a decade for all of their radiant heat flooring needs. Our team takes time and care with every client to ensure all questions are answered and concerns alleviated. Call (503) 788-7777 to learn more.