Old heating systems may be designed more for how quickly they can be installed when they should be designed to maximize energy, efficiency and comfort in your home. Heated interior flooring is different. It may take a bit of work to lay beneath your floor, but we take care of that. Then, you benefit from a more consistently and efficiently heated home, and warm toes.
It’s not that radiant flooring is brand new. The Romans had a version of heated flooring. Now, this heating option is becoming more popular because people are recognizing its huge benefits. Here’s what you need to know about heated interior flooring.
How Heated Flooring Works
There are a few different systems for heated flooring, but they share a few commonalities. They all have a system of plastic tubing running beneath your floor. Either liquid or air is heated and then pumped through the floor, carrying heat across the room. The result is a more efficient and consistent heat.
Benefits of Heated Flooring
If you choose to get heated interior flooring installed, you’ll see a lot of benefits:
- Invisible: The system doesn’t require unsightly radiators or vents. It also doesn’t take up any of your square footage.
- No forced air: Forced air systems, which are in most homes, spread dust and allergens through the home. Heated flooring doesn’t have that problem.
- Consistency: Heat rises, so the floors in most homes are cold. Not so when you have heated interior flooring. It will even resolve cold spots in your home.
- Comfort: With more consistency, your home is more comfortable. In fact, you can comfortably walk barefoot through a home with radiant floor heating. Furniture will feel warm to the touch. Plus, you won’t be annoyed by the sound of a furnace turning on and off.
Do Heated Floors Save Energy?
Another huge benefit of heated flooring is that it saves energy and is environmentally friendly, as the heat is delivered exactly where you need it, into the flooring and the furniture around you. This way, these items don’t draw heat from your body. They feel pleasantly warm, so you stay warmer without needing to feel more heat in the air. This will translate to savings in utilities. In fact, radiant floor heating is the most cost-efficient way to heat an entire home.
Other Things to Consider
Before you decide radiant floor heating is the best option for you, there are a few things you should consider. First, is the condition of your current flooring. If you’re replacing floors anyway, this new system will be more cost-effective for you. However, you’ll also be more limited in the floor types you can choose. Depending on the system, you may not be able to use thick carpeting or solid wood.
Not sure if you’re making the right decision? Ask the experts. For all of your home renovation needs, contact GBC DESIGN + BUILD and let’s make your dream home a reality.