In-floor heating or radiant flooring can be the height of luxury when it comes to home features in locations where cold seasons mean frosty floorboards. As an increasingly popular home-upgrade, we’re going to explore the main things you should know about this luxury.
Why Choose In-Floor Heating?
Forced hot air blows hot air into an open space at regular intervals. Since heat rises, this is not an efficient way of heating the living space of a room as the hot air collects towards the ceiling. With radiant heat, the heat eminates from the floor, directly warming your feet and indirectly, heating the room from the ground up. This is a particularly good solution in a room with higher than average ceilings.
Where to Utilize In-Floor Heating?
This upgrade won’t come cheap, therefore, it is usually prioritized in rooms where people tend to go barefoot like bathrooms, bedrooms, and mudrooms. These can all have tile or hardwood on the floors and be cold to a bare foot. Prioritizing these rooms is economical and makes one feel cozy.
It is even possible to map out specific places within a room to install radiant heating for instance, directly outside the shower or in front of the vanity mirror in the bathroom.
What Flooring Works With In-Floor Heating?
Many types of flooring will work with in-floor heating systems but some are better than others. Wood floors and stone and tile are the most common accompaniments but it is possible to install radiant heating beneath a carpeted floor. Be warned however, this is likely to spike your utility bill as the carpeting provides an insulator from the heat making its way into the home.
Whatever flooring solutions you are exploring, the knowledgeable representatives at Fairview Millwork and Kitchens will be able to help provide options and flooring samples. Visit your local Fairview today.