Heated Bathroom Floors – A Little Touch of Luxury

by Rachel Laurendeau on March 19, 2013

Radiant floor heating, a little luxury for your toes, might not be as expensive as you think and has many benefits that most people don’t know about.

The Basics
Electric heating coils or liquid filled tubing are installed under your flooring. The coils heat the floor, then the heat radiates through the room while the floors remain warm. You can even have a system installed on a programmable timer which allows you to turn it off and on at particular times. How delightful to set the timer so that your bathroom floor is already toasty warm when you step in for your morning shower!

The Benefits
• Radiant heating is more energy efficient than baseboard heating and often more efficient than forced-air heating, making it a greener (and more economical) home heating option. This is particularly true for hydronic (liquid based) systems which require very little energy to heat the liquid.

• If you were to use radiant heat in your whole home, eliminating the use of a forced air system would also reduce the movement or blowing around of dust and other allergens. Great for allergy and asthma sufferers.

• Instead of all the warm air in the house floating up above your head, radiant floor heating ensures that the heat is more evenly distributed. Warm feet typically mean that the rest of your body will feel warmer too.

• While radiant floor heat can be used in the whole home, many people have it installed in particular rooms during home improvements. The best places to use in-floor heating? Rooms where you have cold, hard surfaces or where you might often be barefoot. This simple touch can make any kitchen or bathroom seem even more luxurious.

• According to the professional bathroom remodelers at www.indyrenovation.com, the most cost effective time to install in-floor heating is during bathroom remodeling when you are replacing the floors anyway. This would translate to other rooms in the house as well.

• If you are a seasoned DIY home improvements guru and will be laying your own flooring or tile, some of these underfloor heating systems can be installed as do-it-yourself projects.

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References: U.S. Department of Energy and Indy Renovation

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