Now that temperatures are dropping you may find yourself reluctant to roll out of bed in the morning and put your nice warm feet on chilly floors. You’ve probably heard of heated floors, also known as radiant floor heating, but maybe you don’t know if they’re right for you. You may not even know the difference between electric and water-based systems. Radiant floor seller Warmup explains “Both provide heating in a room from the floor up for consistent, efficient warmth. Warm water systems run hot water through pipes to create heat, whereas electric underfloor heating heats wiring beneath the floor to generate heat.”

We know that a lot of our customers have questions about radiant floor systems, we’ll answer the top four:

Are they expensive?  Home warranty company American Home Shield estimates that “The cost to install a system averages between $1,800 and $4,800.” The cost depends on several factors, including:

• Climate conditions
• System complexity
• The HVAC system
• The existing floor
• Builder/installer flexibility

I have wood or carpet in my home, so I can’t have radiant floor heating, right? Wrong! Many people believe that radiant floor heating can only be installed under tile or concrete, but that’s not true. They’re perfectly safe to install under hardwood flooring or carpet.

Will radiant floor heating lower my energy bills? Scientific American reports that “several aspects of radiant heating make it more energy-efficient. For starters, the uniform heat distribution over the entire surface of a floor heats the lower half of the room, enveloping inhabitants in warmth at a lower overall temperature—in some cases, up to five degrees Fahrenheit cooler—than a conventional heating system.” Imagine how much money you’d save setting your thermostat five degrees lower during winter months? Some of the benefits can be lost if your home has high ceilings or a lot of windows but in general radiant heating helps lower heating costs.

Isn’t radiant heat just yet another home design fad? Definitely not! Ancient Romans developed a system to heat floors with hot water.

If you want more information on using a radiant floor heating system with your new floors, give us a call at KFD. We will help you decide if they are right for you.