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Keeping Your Feet Warm: Radiant Heating Instead Of Slippers

by Tara Pena

If you live in an area with real winters, the kind that can freeze your feet and chill your bones, you should consider installing a radiant floor heating system. If you hate the cold, you will love being able to step out of bed in the morning and feel a gentle warmth on your feet. In addition to the superior comfort it provides, radiant floor heating will save you money on your heating bills for decades.


A radiant floor system has water tubes or electric wires running underneath your floorboards that heat the floor, and as the heat rises, it makes your furnishings warm and toasty. The air temperature stays about the same, but when you sit in that leather chair, it will no longer suck the heat out of your body. These systems are quiet and clean because they have no blowers that roar into life, disturbing your sleep and spreading allergens around.

Radiant heating makes your home feel warmer than it is. As a result, you can keep the thermostat turned lower. The system is efficient, so you are also losing less heat through heating ducts, registers, and windows. As a result, you will be spending less money on your utilities. 


Perhaps the biggest drawback to radiant floor heating is the initial installation expense. Adding the system to your home requires tearing up the flooring to install the water tubes or wires. If you are building a house, choosing this system will not add much to your construction bill.  

Adding it during a remodel will also cut your installation costs. For a water-based or hydronic system, you will pay approximately $6 - $16 a square foot. Installing an electric system is less expensive and will cost between $5 - $7 per square foot, but these systems are not meant to be your primary heating source. Electric radiant heating is meant to supplement your primary heating system.  Although you will initially pay more to have radiant floor heat, the long-term savings will make up for the price of your investment. 

If you want your heating system to be felt and not heard, radiant heating will work for you. You will save money in the long run, and you will no longer fear getting out of bed in the morning. Even your furniture will be warm and inviting. If you are in the market for a new system, consider radiant heat. To find out more, contact a business like West Country Heating & AC.