From Kayla’s Desk: The Heated Floor Debate Rages On
This is the time of year when every day I find myself checking the thermostat and stepping carefully over puddles. Snow, rain and cold weather follow everywhere I go, making me aware of every draft and cold spot in a room and causing me to wonder why isn’t heated flooring a more popular heating source for homes in the Mid-Willamette Valley? It’s a topic debated at Dale’s Remodeling and one I’d like to explore with you.
A Radiant Floor System Primer
Designed to work with heat’s natural path, subfloor radiant heat is the most efficient way to heat a home. Beginning with your feet, heat travels upwards, dispersing throughout the room and absorbing into everything inside the room. No more cold toes when your floor is being heated from below! And, because the mat covers every corner of the room you won’t have those cold spots that are missed by forced air heating.
Types of Radiant Subfloor Heating Systems
Homeowners have two choices when it comes to radiant floors heating systems; electric or hydronic. Each is meant for specific applications but how they both work is really quite simple.
Electric systems are typically part of a multi-layered heating system in rooms where water can collect on the floors, such as bathrooms, kitchens and mudrooms. Mats with embedded tubing are rolled out over the subfloor on a layer of thin-set mortar, then ceramic or stone tiles are installed as the finished floor. For floating-type engineered hardwood flooring mats are anchored with tape just beneath the finished floor. It’s a great solution for rooms in the house where leaks are possible because the heating unit also acts as a drying mechanism.
Hydronic systems are your solution for heating an entire house. A boiler sends out heated water (100 to 120˚F) through under floor tubing. Consideration should be given to your choice of flooring, since moisture content can cause warping in solid wood flooring.
Now Down to the Costs
Most homeowners experience a 10%-30% decrease or more in their monthly bills due to the increase in efficiency and the more consistent heat distribution that is delivered by a subfloor heating system. And, beyond the obvious savings in your heating bill, radiant heat can also help allergy sufferers since the heat is delivered naturally, rather than through forced air currents. So, don’t be scared off by installation costs when it comes to radiant floor heating, because the return on your investment will not only absorb extra costs, it’ll give you years of more efficient heating and better health, too.
So why hasn’t radiant sub flooring heating taken hold in the Mid-Willamette Valley?
Subfloor radiant heat has been a thing of luxury for many years, but with new technologies coming onto the market it is now an efficient and safe way for all of us to heat our homes. So, why haven’t we heard from more homeowners wanting to install radiant floor heating systems?
We want to hear your two cents! Fill us in on your thoughts about heated floor systems.
- Have you considered heated floors? Why or why not?
- How do you heat your home?
- How does subfloor radiant heat fit into your remodeling plans?
Comment below, we want to hear what you have to say!
Until next time 🙂