There are numerous ways of providing warmth in your home, like traditional furnaces, wood stoves, and space heaters; but nothing seems quite as effective as in-floor heating.
In-floor heating, also known as radiant heating, relies on a system of piping which conducts heat and transfers it from beneath the floor. There are two types of in-floor heating: hydronic and electric. The hydronic type uses heated water in PEX tubing, while the electric one uses electric wiring.
You can expect to pay roughly $8000 for a single room and around $50,000 for an entire home. Of course, it all depends on the type of in-floor heating you choose and on the surface of your home.
Your operating costs depend on running time, the size of the room, and how well the room is insulated. In-floor heating is more efficient than baseboard heating and forced-air heating, as it evenly distributes the heat, rises from the floor to the ceiling, and does not lose heat through the ducts. Electric in-floor heating is easier and more affordable to install. However, its operating costs are higher than those of hydronic in-floor systems.
The best material for flooring is one which conducts heat quickly and transfers heat well, thus making your heating system more efficient. Many types of hardwood flooring work great for bedrooms and living rooms. However, in places with moisture or possible water damage, such as the bathroom or the kitchen, tile, stone, and polished screed are better fits, as they have a higher thermal conductivity.
Nothing beats walking out of the shower in the middle of winter onto a nice and warm floor. If you want to keep your toes from becoming numb, in-floor heating is your safest bet. Not only will your extremities be happy, but your house’s resale value will increase, you will save on monthly bills, and feel like you’re walking on sunshine.