Radiant floor heating (RFH) can be life-changing in the fall and winter. We have all done it, stepped out of bed on a cool or snowy Colorado morning and felt the ice-cold floors immediately shock our systems, and immediately regret getting out from under those warm, thick covers – even if the furnace is on! Older homes are even bigger culprits, where there is a tendency for the furnace air to rise toward the ceiling from vents and warm the home while leaving the floors cold and uncomfortable. This uncomfortable sensation can be felt even more so on cool tiled floors such as in the bathroom or kitchen – especially in a basement!
The benefit of radiant floor heating is a slow regulated heat using either hot water tubes or wires to warm an entire floor. This heat radiates and rises slowly, heating a room more effectively while keeping your feet comfortable without the need for giant socks or slippers.
Heated floors have become increasingly affordable over the years, adding both luxury and value to your home, and may even allow you to keep overall heater temperatures lower throughout the winter saving you utility costs as your floors will still be warm and comfortable. Most RFH manufacturers, such as Schluter’s DITRA-HEAT and Warmly Yours’ TempZone, even offer programmable thermostats with wi-fi capabilities to allow you more control and efficiency.