At the Unique Flooring store in San Diego, we’ve noticed that many homeowners are starting to warm up to the idea of radiant heating for their bathroom floors. While popular in Europe in the 1970s, and a little later in the United States, radiant heating dates back to the ancient Romans. By forcing warmed water into the pipes running beneath the floors of homes and bathhouses, the Romans were able to enjoy a comfortable sense of warmth under their feet.

Today, industry statistics report that the purchase and installation of in-floor heating systems are growing at a rate of 30 to 50 percent each year, showing that homeowners are finally starting to realize that the Romans had it right. While some people may think that radiant heating is unnecessary for San Diego because of the warm climate of the area, it usually takes just one step out of a cold shower onto a luxuriously warm floor to make a heated flooring skeptic into a believer.

Radiant heating is ideal for use under hard flooring surfaces such as stone or tile flooring in San Diego. With radiant heating, the chilly flooring surface is evenly heated from below in a matter of minutes, eliminating any cold spots. In addition, this type of heating warms more than just the air in the room, but other objects as well, making stepping out of a shower extremely comfortable.

Another major benefit of this type of heating is a lowered monthly heating bill. Radiant heat stays in the lower section of a room rather than rising like forced air heat. This means that radiant heat will not escape as quickly out of drafty windows or when you open a door. In fact, most homeowners who have installed a radiant heating system say they are saving between 10 to 30 percent on their monthly heating bills when compared to using conventional heat systems. Many also find that they can keep their thermostat a few degrees lower!

If you are remodeling or moving into a new home, it may be the perfect time to consider radiant floor heating. For more information about the different types of flooring that can be installed over radiant heating pipes, contact Unique Flooring today. We specialize in tile, laminate, vinyl and hardwood flooring in San Diego and have a team of experts who will be happy to answer any of your questions.