Why Upgrading to Radiant Floor Heaters is a Good Idea
As the cold weather settles in, we are all starting to pay more attention to how we heat our homes and the associated costs. Radiant floor heat is one of the most efficient ways to heat a room because heat naturally rises. So heating your floors is a no-brainer if you want an effective way to heat your home. Not to mention how amazing it feels on your feet!
Types of Heated Floors
When it comes to installing radiant heated floors there are three options. You can choose between air-heated, electric, and hydronic radiant heated flooring. Hydronic utilizes a boiler to heat water that is then pumped through a pattern of tubes that cover the floor and heat from underneath. This is the most cost-effective and best option for most homeowners, but the size of your room, types of floors you have, and overall layout can impact the overall cost for installation.
Heated Flooring Benefits
Besides being a really cool feature there are several unexpected benefits to investing in this new way to heat your home.
- Going barefoot has never been more fun – you won’t have to ask your guests to take their shoes off when they visit anymore!
- Low maintenance – this method of heating your home requires no maintenance unless an issue arises with the tubing underneath your flooring.
- Virtually silent – unlike a heating system that cycles on and off throughout the day, you won’t hear a peep from your heated floors.
- Allergen-free – unlike a forced-air system that is pumping recycled air throughout your home, no air circulation is required with a heated flooring solution.
- Efficient – long-term radiant floor heating is more cost-effective to heat your home as it heats your rooms from the ground up which is the most efficient way to do so.
Things to Consider Before Installing
Although installation itself is relatively easy, depending on your setup, it may require you to invest in new flooring if your existing flooring is not easily removed and put back in place. In addition to the cost of the heating materials themselves, you may have to factor in new flooring as well. Cost is often the most prohibitive factor for people to weigh when considering radiant flooring as an option. Another thing to keep in mind is the possibility that the tubing that goes underneath your flooring does raise the floor level slightly. This could be an important consideration to keep in mind, especially if you aren’t doing all of your rooms as this could make the floor heights vary from room to room.
Let Stephens Plumbing Help With Your Heated Floors
It is important to enlist the help of a professional when exploring your options for heated flooring and certainly for the installation. Our experts are ready and willing to help you with this important upgrade for your home or business.