5 Reasons to Install Heated Flooring
Radiant floor heating has been around for a long time with a history that dates back to ancient Rome. For the last 50 years, radiant heating has mostly been used in Europe, although it’s rapidly gaining popularity in the United States as an efficient source of heating with plenty of perks. If you’re thinking about heated floor installation, Carlsbad flooring experts want to share 5 benefits you should consider.
1. Warm Bathroom Floors
Ceramic tile and natural stone look great and perform very well in a bathroom. The downside is the floor will be cold and probably feel freezing on bare feet in the morning or after a shower. There’s nothing quite like stepping out of a relaxing shower to a comfortable, warm floor. This benefit alone is the reason many people renovate their bathrooms to include heated flooring.
2. Affordability and Long-Term Savings
Installing heated floors may not be as expensive as you think if you are already going to replace your flooring. The mat for electric in-floor heating usually costs about $200-400 for a bathroom. For a 200-square-foot space, you can expect a total installation cost of around $1,500. However, this does not include the cost of tile flooring. In Carlsbad and many other cities, homeowners agree radiant heating is one of the most efficient heating systems possible. In fact, switching from forced air to radiant heat throughout your home can save up to 50 percent on heating costs. Most homeowners choose instead to heat the floors in just one or two rooms, usually bathrooms and bedrooms. You can still enjoy some energy savings.
3. No Vents, Registers, or Ducts
A radiant heating system has virtually no visible components, unlike the vents, registers, baseboards, and other components of systems that take up floor space. There will be no registers or vents in your bedroom and bathroom to detract from your design. You can also say goodbye to cleaning dust and pet hair from heating system components. Radiant heat does not even require ductwork to install. This could be a major benefit if your home does not have a forced air system.
4. Noiseless Operation
Unlike forced air systems, radiant heated floors operate quietly. There is no air echoing through ductwork or furnaces firing up. Because radiant heat works by transferring heat to the flooring, you won’t feel air rushing around the room, either, which means you’ll have a draft-free home without static electricity.
5. Zoned Heating
If you install heated floors throughout your home, you can easily set the temperature of each room with individual programmable thermostats. You can set the heat in each room as high as you want for as long as you want without wasting energy heating other floors. Zoned heating also makes it easier to ensure your bathroom floor is warm when you’re ready. You don’t want to wait an hour for your floor to get warm, so you can set the thermostat to heat the floor between 6am and 8am when you’re getting ready for work.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of heated flooring, reach out to Unique Flooring. We are a leading provider of carpet, wood, laminate, tile, and vinyl plank floors in Carlsbad. Stop by our showroom or give us a call at 760-945-0010 to receive a free quote.