What to Consider Before Installing Heated Flooring
During the cold winter months, it’s easy to dread getting out of bed in the morning or out of a warm shower to only have your toes greeted by freezing cold floors. If you’re in the process of a renovation or building your home, radiant floor heating is a cost-effective, energy-efficient way to heat not just your floors but a room as well!
What is Radiant Floor Heating?
Radiant floor heating is an under-floor heating system that directly pushes the heat up through the flooring rather than through the air. Radiant floor heating can be used in addition to forced-air heating systems or can eliminate the need for them all together.
How Does It Work?
Electric radiant floor heating using a series of cables embedded into thin mats that are installed under your flooring to radiate heat and eliminate cold spots. Electric radiant flooring heating is easy to install and is one of the most cost-effective types of radiant floor heating to install although since they do use electricity to heat, the use will be reflected on your electric bill. The mats that are installed under your flooring will be connected to a thermostat where you can control the temperature and set a timer for when they will turn on (and off).
What Are the Pros and Cons?
Just like anything else, there are pros and cons to installing radiant floor heating.
- Provides uniform, consistent heating across the entire space
- Heat sits on the lower portion of a room, where traditional heating systems cause the heat to rise to the ceiling, keeping you warmer
- Durable and reliable, they can even outlast your furnace!
- Easy to install and extremely quiet
- Require your flooring to be replaced to install
- Take longer than traditional heating systems to warm up a room
- Additional cost on your electricity bill
- Room must be properly insulated in order to heat the room properly.
What Types of Flooring Work Best with Radiant Floor Heating?
All flooring materials can be used with radiant floor heating, although some work better than others. Tile (glass, stone, and ceramic) and resilient flooring conduct, transfer, and hold the heat more efficiently making them the best flooring options for heated flooring. Natural wood flooring can shrink and become warped from the amount of heat that radiant floor heating gives off potentially ruining your flooring.