Radiant Market Continues Growth - But At A Slower Pace
Although sales are strong, their growth has been decelerating since 1997when the growth peaked at about 27 percent. The RPA recommends the industry investigate the causes of the slower growth and suggests two possible causes: The first is a shortage of craftsmen who have the required knowledge to install and maintain radiant heating systems, causing potential customers to become frustrated and seek other means of heating their homes.
Another cause in the decline of growth is possibly the "sticker-shock" that comes along with a radiant system that may cost four times as much as a forced air system.
Although growth is slowing, industry analysts believe there is still "healthy growth" and radiant supply sales should continue to expand.