Have you been looking for a way to add value to your home that is also affordable? Electric radiant floor heating will not only allow your family and guests to enjoy the comfort and delight of stepping out of the shower onto a warmed floor, but you can also save money on your heating bill. Cranking up the thermostat in your home just so you don’t have to feel cold after a shower or bath can add up to a significant amount of money on top of already high energy bills.
Heat rises, so it makes sense to have a heat source radiating up from the ground. Floor to body warmth leads to a greater sense of warmness than heated air blowing at you; this phenomenon is referred to as ‘higher thermal comfort’. If you experience this greater sense of warmth during those seemingly endless moments spent shivering and wet after your shower, you may find yourself able to turn down your main thermostat several degrees.
Electric radiant heating systems are straightforward to install, and simple to control. Heating elements can be embedded into mats, mesh, or a thin layer of cement underneath tiles; they can even be incorporated into laminate flooring. A thermostat with a timer function can start the heating process in time for you to enjoy it when you need it the most.
With electric radiant flooring systems, energy isn’t expended pumping water through tubing like in hydronic flooring systems, and the heat is evenly distributed. However, cheaply made electric flooring can exert electromagnetic fields which cause interference with many electronics; keep this in mind when buying your new floor. Often radiant floors have good warranties, also an important consideration when buying.
Regardless of whether you’d like ceramic tiles, stone tiles, floating wood, laminate, or even carpeted floors, there are many styles to choose from. If you are ready and waiting to add a bit of luxury to your home, having the comfort of a pleasant heat radiating from the floor can be a part of your life before you know it. And once you’ve felt it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.